V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. dispersion, scattering, or disappearance; 2. wasteful indulgence

Synonyms: dispersion, scattering, dispelling, dissemination, overindulgence, debauchery, waste, excess

Antonyms: conservation, gathering, assembling

Tips: The related verb dissipate can mean either "to waste," "to cause something to fade or disappear," or "to undergo such a process." (i.e: "We were hoping the problem would just dissipate, but unfortunately it has lingered.") Similar to disperse or dispersion, dissipation is a dispersion resulting in disappearance or vaporization, and sometimes with a wasteful connotation.

Usage Examples:

The dissipation of natural resources is a serious problem. (waste)

Their anger dissipated after he issued an apology. (diminished, dispersed) verb

When we exercise, there is a dissipation of energy in the form of heat. (dispelling)

He hoped his worries would dissipate after a good night's sleep. (disappear) verb

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