dissolve
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dissolvere, from dis- + solvere to loosen — more at solve Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to disperse or disappear ; destroy <
do not dissolve and deface the laws of charity — Francis Bacon
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b. to separate into component parts ; disintegrate c. to bring to an end ; terminate <
dissolve parliament
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d. annul <
dissolve an injunction
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2. a. to cause to pass into solution <
dissolve sugar in water
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b. melt, liquefy c. to cause to be emotionally moved d. to cause to fade in or out in a dissolve 3. archaic detach, loosen 4. to clear up <
dissolve a problem
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intransitive verb 1. a. to become dissipated or decomposed b. break up, disperse c. to fade away 2. a. to become fluid ; melt b. to pass into solution c. to be overcome emotionally <
dissolved into tears
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d. to resolve itself as if by dissolution <
hate dissolved into fear
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e. to change by a dissolve <
the scene dissolves to a Victorian parlor
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dissolvable adjectivedissolvent noun or adjectivedissolver noun II. noun Date: 1916 a gradual superimposing of one motion-picture or television shot upon another on a screen

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Dissolve — Dis*solve , v. i. 1. To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up. [1913 Webster] 2. To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied. [1913 Webster] A figure Trenched in ice, which with an hour s heat Dissolves to water, and doth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dissolve — late 14c. (transitive and intransitive) to break up (of material substances), from L. dissolvere to loosen up, break apart, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + solvere to loose, loosen (see SOLVE (Cf. solve)). Meaning to disband (an assembly)… …   Etymology dictionary

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