Definition of dissolve in English:

dissolve

Syllabification: dis·solve
Pronunciation: /dəˈzälv
 
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verb

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 bouillon 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.
Synonyms
go into solution, break down; liquefy, deliquesce, disintegrate
1.1 [no object] (Of something abstract, especially a feeling) 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.
Synonyms
disappear, vanish, melt away, evaporate, disperse, dissipate, disintegrate; dwindle, fade (away), wither
literary evanesce
1.2 [no object] 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.
Synonyms
burst into, break (down) into, be overcome with
1.3 [no object] (In a movie) change gradually to (a different scene or picture): dissolve to side view, looking down the street
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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.
2 [with object] Close down or dismiss (an assembly or official body): the country’s president can dissolve parliament under certain circumstances
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  • Subsequently, the president dissolves Congress and imposes martial law on the country.
  • After the party prevented Deuba from seeking the extension to the emergency in parliament, Deuba dissolved the assembly for elections two years ahead of schedule.
  • The President has dissolved the Assembly and appealed to the people and the army; he establishes universal suffrage, and has arrested his political opponents.
Synonyms
disband, disestablish, bring to an end, end, terminate, discontinue, close down, wind up/down, suspend; prorogue, adjourn
2.1Annul or put an end to (a partnership or marriage): it only takes 28 days to dissolve a domestic partnership
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  • So we got the whole thing annulled, dissolving the marriage as if it never took place.
  • Generally, church courts do not dissolve marriages, but annul them by declaring that no genuine marriage took place.
  • Secondly, with respect to married people, if the marriage was dissolved by divorce after the will was witnessed, the will is void.
Synonyms

noun

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(In a movie) an act or instance of moving gradually from one picture to another.
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

dissolvable

adjective
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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.

dissolver

noun
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  • Oil and water don't mix but are they both good dissolvers?
  • To be effective, the clot dissolvers must be given within 3 hours of stroke onset.
  • A Texas chemical company has developed a molecular cement dissolver as an alternative to acid for removing hardened concrete from tools, trucks, and other equipment.

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