Definition of dissertate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪsəteɪt/


[no object]
1 rare Discourse on a particular subject: we have dissertated on the church at Antioch
More example sentences
  • Don Juan, attracted by the gypsy dancer Fifine, dissertates to Elvire on the nature of his feelings.
  • She follows him from room to room if he tries to elude her, dissertating on the weakness of his character and the depravity of his mind.
  • Let me suppose, for example, that some modern 'Hobbes,' in dissertating on society at large, should malign mankind.
1.1Write a dissertation: he was working incredibly long hours and I was dissertating at Stanford, she dissertated on selfhood and storytelling
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  • I cannot connect to the Internet there, and the books where I sit are damn boring, so there's nothing to do but dissertate.
  • He dissertated on rhetoric in American colleges and made a great splash among compositionists with Themes, Theories, and Therapy.
  • I'm working two jobs (and, in theory, researching a paper for next year); he's dissertating (and working one job, part-time).


Mid 18th century: from Latin dissertat-, from dissertare 'to continue to discuss'.

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