Dis"si*pate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissipated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissipating.] [L. dissipatus, p. p. of dissipare; dis- + an obsolete verb sipare, supare. to throw.]

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.

 

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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.

 

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