Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Aug
22
2014

dissipate

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dIpeIt

transitive verb

1: to cause to disappear by, or as though by, dispersing or dissolving.
The sun dissipated the fog.

2: to waste by, or as though by, scattering or spreading widely; squander.
The young fool soon dissipated his fortune.

intransitive verb

1: to disappear by, or as though by, dispersion or dissolution.
The fog dissipated as the day brightened.

2: to waste one’s health, money, talent, or the like.
“We do not get ice-cream every where, and so, when we do, we are apt to dissipate to excess. We never cared any thing about ice-cream at home, but we look upon it with a sort of idolatry now that it is so scarce in these red-hot climates of the East.” (Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad)