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  • Word of the Day
    labyrinthine

    lae b@ rIn thihn  [or]  lae b@ rIn thin

    adjective
    1.  of, resembling, or forming a labyrinth.
    We followed our guide through the labyrinthine catacombs.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    landlocked

    laend lakt

    adjective
    lacking access to the sea.
    Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.

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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)