Verb > Dissipate

Verb – Dissipate

Dissipate” has Latin roots that literally mean “to throw apart” or “to scatter apart.”

When something dissipates, it eases off, goes away, or disappears, as if its parts are moving off and away in different directions.

Part of speech:
verb, usually the intransitive kind: “the clouds dissipate;” “our worries dissipated with the sunrise.”

Other common forms:
dissipated, dissipating, dissipation.

how to use it:
The word “dissipate” is formal but common. It often has a positive tone.

Talk about things that dissipate, often to the relief of whoever is involved.

What kind of thing dissipates?

It could be something physical, like gas, clouds, sounds, smells, heat, light, darkness, or crowds of people.

Or it could be something abstract, like hope, energy, tension, anxiety, memories, desires, hungers, reasons, movements, protests, demands, promises, conflicts, or issues. The impact or effects of something might dissipate, someone’s authority might dissipate, and even a tradition or a belief might dissipate.

“The depth of marine layer clouds usually peaks around sunrise, then the clouds dissipate as the day progresses and the sun rises higher in the sky.”
— Paul Duginski, Los Angeles Times, 27 January 2020

“‘I’ll swim you in,’ he said, reassuringly, and stayed with me as I swam, my anxiety dissipating with each stroke.”
— Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 20 January 2020