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verb [with object]
1disconnect or separate (used especially in abstract contexts):voices should not be dissociated from their social context
(dissociate oneself from
) declare that one is not connected with or a supporter of (someone or something):he took pains to dissociate himself from the religious radicals
(usually be dissociated
) Psychiatry split off (a component of mental activity) to act as an independent part of mental life.
2 Chemistry (with reference to a molecule) to split into separate smaller atoms, ions, or molecules, especially reversibly: [with object]:these compounds are dissociated by solar radiation to yield atoms of chlorine