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dissertate Line breaks: dis¦ser|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪsəteɪt/

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Definition of dissertate in English:


[no object]
1 rare Discourse on a particular subject: we have dissertated on the church at Antioch
More example sentences
  • In a letter to Dan in 1800, after scolding him for his 'Budget being empty far too soon', she dissertated on the life of Catherine the Great.
  • On the strength of nostalgia I wonder if I dare dissertate about the days of outdoor toilets.
  • 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
More example sentences
  • I never got to ask what you'll be dissertating on.
  • My major field is History of Science, and I plan to dissertate on the development of the development of Quantum Mechanics.
  • I should send out a couple of "real" academic articles dealing with the stuff I actually dissertated on.


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

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