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dissolve

dis·solve

dissolve

 
 
pronunciation:
dih zalv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dissolved, dissolves, dissolving
definition 1: to cause to go into solution.
He dissolved the medicine tablet in warm water.
synonyms:
melt
similar words:
dissipate, macerate
definition 2: to make into a solution; melt or liquefy.
Doctors attempted to dissolve the clot in the artery.
synonyms:
liquefy, melt
similar words:
render
definition 3: to break up or dismiss (a legislative body or the like).
The prime minister has the power to dissolve the legislature.
synonyms:
disband, dismiss
similar words:
annul, disperse, prorogue, suspend
definition 4: to terminate or do away with.
They've decided to dissolve their partnership.The dreadful news dissolved all hope.
synonyms:
abolish, discontinue, end, terminate
antonyms:
establish, found
similar words:
abrogate, annul, cancel, disperse, nullify, rupture, sever, wind up
definition 5: to disintegrate into parts or elements.
synonyms:
decompose, disintegrate
antonyms:
combine
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to go into solution.
Sugar dissolves slowly in iced tea.
similar words:
dissipate, melt
definition 2: to melt or turn to liquid.
The clot dissolved.
synonyms:
liquefy, melt
similar words:
deliquesce, thaw
definition 3: to disintegrate or scatter so as to vanish.
The clouds dissolved, leaving a clear blue sky.
synonyms:
disintegrate
antonyms:
combine
similar words:
disappear, disband, disperse, dissipate, evanesce, evaporate, fade, melt, scatter, vanish
definition 4: to give way emotionally.
The child dissolved in tears.
similar words:
burst, collapse, go to pieces, melt
definition 5: of a shot in films or videotapes, to fade away while the next appears dimly at first and then becomes clearer and replaces the first.
The shot dissolves to a school room where the protagonist as a young child stands at the blackboard.
similar words:
fade, melt, segue
 
part of speech: noun
definition: in films and videotapes, a change of scene by having one shot fade while the next appears dimly and gradually grows clearer and replaces the first.
A dissolve is often used when a scene change is accompanied by a change in the time frame.
similar words:
fade
derivations: dissolvable (adj.), dissolvability (n.)
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The word dissolve contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
solv, solu Latin root that means loosen