To dissociate is to break apart from someone, such as an employee leaving a business or a spouse leaving a marriage.

Dissociate is the opposite of associate. It comes from the Latin dissociare, which means basically "to disunite." To dissociate is to stop associating with someone. If a relationship ends, the two people are dissociated from one another. When you see the word dissociate, think "break-up."

Definitions of dissociate
  1. verb
    part; cease or break association with
    synonyms: disassociate, disjoint, disunite, divorce
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    type of:
    break, break up, part, separate, split, split up
    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  2. verb
    regard as unconnected
    “you must dissociate these two events!”
    synonyms: decouple
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    associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in
    make a logical or causal connection
    type of:
    differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
    mark as different
  3. verb
    to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms
    “acids dissociate to give hydrogen ions”
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    type of:
    break down, break up, decompose, degrade
    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
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