Dissipation is the act of breaking up and scattering or spreading widely. With the dissipation of the clouds, you could enjoy the sunny afternoon — if only you didn't have to work.

Dissipation also refers to wasteful or thoughtless spending or activity. Your habit of taking old clothes and appliances to the dump instead of donating them to charities is a kind of dissipation. Dissipation can also mean a life of indulgence, in which health and wealth are squandered in the pursuit of pleasure. Your uncle's life of dissipation, throwing money at wine and women, will ultimately only bring heartache.

Definitions of dissipation
  1. noun
    breaking up and scattering by dispersion
    “the dissipation of the mist”
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    type of:
    dispersion, scattering
    spreading widely or driving off
  2. noun
    dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    synonyms: dissolution, licentiousness, looseness, profligacy
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    decadence, intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
    excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
  3. noun
    useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
    “mindless dissipation of natural resources”
    synonyms: waste, wastefulness
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    work of little or no value done merely to look busy
    waste of effort, waste of energy
    a useless effort
    waste of material
    a useless consumption of material
    waste of money
    money spent for inadequate return
    waste of time
    the devotion of time to a useless activity
    extravagance, high life, highlife, lavishness, prodigality
    excessive spending
    spending resources lavishly and wastefully
    prodigious squandering (usually by a government)
    type of:
    any specific behavior
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