Dis·si·pate, v. i.
1. To separate into parts and disappear; to waste away; to scatter; to disperse; to vanish; as, a fog or cloud gradually dissipates before the rays or heat of the sun; the heat of a body dissipates.
2. To be extravagant, wasteful, or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; to engage in dissipation.
dis·si·pate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissipated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissipating.]
1. To scatter completely; to disperse and cause to disappear; -- used esp. of the dispersion of things that can never again be collected or restored.
Dissipated those foggy mists of error. --Selden.
I soon dissipated his fears. --Cook.
The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate all intellectual energy. --Hazlitt.
2. To destroy by wasteful extravagance or lavish use; to squander.
The vast wealth . . . was in three years dissipated. --Bp. Burnet.
Syn: -- To disperse; scatter; dispel; spend; squander; waste; consume; lavish.
v 1: to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She
waved her hand and scattered the crowds" [syn: disperse,
dispel, break up, scatter]
2: move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The
children scattered in all directions when the teacher
approached"; [syn: disperse, scatter, spread out]
3: spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's
inheritance" [syn: fritter, frivol away, shoot, fritter
away, fool, fool away]
4: live a life or pleasure, especially with respect to