dissolve

To dissolve something is to break it up or weaken it, making it no longer recognizable. You could dissolve your book club or you could even dissolve a pill by dropping it into a glass of water.

You can use the verb dissolve to describe things that are coming apart or diminishing. Dissolve goes back to the Latin root dissolvere, meaning "to loosen," and it came into English in the 14th century. Physical objects dissolve, as when bubbles dissolve in the tub or a cube of sugar will dissolve in hot tea, and intangible, or non-physical, things can fade away too: "Their friendship started to dissolve when he moved across country and they communicated less frequently."

Primary Meanings of dissolve

1.
v
pass into a solution
2.
vn
cause to fade away
(film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out
3.
v
come to an end
4.
v
lose control emotionally
5.
v
become weaker
Full Definitions of dissolve
1

v pass into a solution

“The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee”
Type of:
disintegrate
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v cause to go into a solution

“The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water”
Synonyms:
break up, resolve
Types:
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melt, melt down, run
reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
cut
dissolve by breaking down the fat of
fuse
make liquid or plastic by heating
render, try
melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v become or cause to become soft or liquid

“The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase”
Synonyms:
dethaw, melt, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw
Types:
deliquesce
melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
de-ice, defrost, deice
make or become free of frost or ice
Type of:
flux, liquefy, liquify
become liquid or fluid when heated
2

v cause to fade away

dissolve a shot or a picture”
Synonyms:
fade away, fade out
become weaker
Types:
etch
selectively dissolve the surface of (a semiconductor or printed circuit) with a solvent, laser, or stream of electrons
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

n (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out

Type of:
transition
a passage that connects a topic to one that follows
3

v come to an end

“Their marriage dissolved
Synonyms:
break up
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v stop functioning or cohering as a unit

“The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting”
Synonyms:
disband
Type of:
break up
come apart

v declare void

“The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections”
Synonyms:
dismiss
break up
bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v bring the association of to an end or cause to break up

“The decree officially dissolved the marriage”
“the judge dissolved the tobacco company”
Synonyms:
break up
dismiss
declare void
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt
4

v lose control emotionally

“She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme”
Type of:
break down, lose it, snap
lose control of one's emotions

v cause to lose control emotionally

“The news dissolved her into tears”
Type of:
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
5

v become weaker

Synonyms:
fade away, fade out
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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