A Word A Day : Dissipate
Word of 21st April 2007 : A Word A Day-Dissipate
Dissipate (DIS uh PATE) v: to thin out, drift away, or dissolve; to waste or squander
The smoke dissipated as soon as we opened the windows.
Rex's anger dissipated as the day wore on and he gradually forgot what had upset him.
The police dissipated the riotous crowd by spraying the demonstrators with fire hoses and firing bullets over their heads.
Alex won the weekly lottery but dissipated the entire winnings in one abandoned, fun-filled weekend.
We can also say that a person is dissipated, by which we mean that he indulges in wild living.
Alex is dissipated.
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