Definition of dissolve in English:


Line breaks: dis|solve
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzɒlv


  • 1(With reference to a solid) become or cause to become incorporated into a liquid so as to form a solution: [no object]: glucose dissolves easily in water [with object]: dissolve a stock cube in a pint of hot water
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    • Finally, whey protein dissolves easily in water, making it convenient for a protein drink when you're on the go.
    • It is a fast-working, fog-free, stain-free agent that dissolves easily in cold water, keeps extremely well and produces negatives of very high acutance.
    • I began to try and vainly struggle, tears running down my cheeks and leaving a black trail like discoloured blood as my eyeliner dissolved with the salty solution.
    go into solution, become a solution, break down; liquefy, melt, deliquesce; disintegrate, diffuse
    technical solvate
  • 1.1 [no object] Disappear: my courage dissolved
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    • Without being free of thought, without the thinking having dissolved, vanished, disappeared, there is no way to be liberated or enlightened.
    • When this attitude, which maintains duality, is allowed to not be formed, to disappear, to dissolve, to vanish - what is left?
    • But these settlements eventually dissolved and disappeared.
    disappear, vanish, melt away, evaporate, disperse, dissipate, disintegrate; dwindle, fade (away), fall away, subside, ebb, wane, peter out, fizzle out, crumble, decompose, wilt, wither; perish, die, be destroyed, cease to exist, come to an end, pass away, evanesce
  • 1.2 [no object] (dissolve into/in) Subside uncontrollably into (an expression of strong feelings): she suddenly dissolved into floods of tears
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    • She gave him a false smile and dissolved into a bout of strong tears, overwhelmed with emotion of such change that had taken place and yearning for her real home, the home she belonged in.
    • His usual good humored expression had dissolved into one of annoyance and displeasure.
    • Scott's puzzled expression dissolved into an annoyed one.
    burst into, break into, collapse into, break down into; be overcome with
    informal crack up
  • 1.3 [no object] (dissolve into/to) (Of an image or scene in a film) change gradually to (another): the scene dissolves into a series of shots of the Morgan family
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    • I could have taken the last shot of Preminger's film and started after dissolving to the title, ‘Three Years Later.’
    • The scene dissolves to her riding her horse in reality, lost in the speed and the feeling of total communication with an animal of another species.
    • From the moment J.B. and Constance first move together to kiss, and Hitchcock dissolves to a hall of opening doors, we enter a surreal world that might be only safely explored as a dream.


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  • An act or instance of moving gradually from one image or scene in a film to another: the alternatives to a cut are fades or dissolves
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    • We see how helicopters were used, how scenes were composed, and the before-and-after dissolves of scenes.
    • Reel-change markers have been removed, and scene transitions and dissolves are mostly smooth.
    • He uses split screens, dissolves and transitions to capture the action in the water.



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  • Once home, the entire package goes right in the wash, thanks to a packaging material composed of dissolvable cornstarch and a small amount of detergent.
  • I would have been spared that habit if we'd had dissolvable chewing gum.
  • Guidelines for selecting a supplement were provided including the importance of selecting a dissolvable supplement.


late Middle English (also in the sense 'break down into component parts'): from Latin dissolvere, from dis- 'apart' + solvere 'loosen or solve'.

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