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dis·solve

dissolve

 
 
pronunciation:
dih zalv
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: dissolves, dissolving, dissolved
definition 1: to mix completely with liquid.
He dissolved the medicine tablet in water.
definition 2: to melt or become liquid.
The salt dissolved in the stew.
similar words:
melt
definition 3: to end or do away with.
The musicians dissolved their rock band because they could not agree on anything.
synonyms:
abolish, discontinue, end, terminate
antonyms:
establish, found
similar words:
cancel, disperse, wind up
definition 4: to disintegrate or scatter so as to vanish.
The clouds dissolved, leaving a clear blue sky.
synonyms:
disintegrate
similar words:
disappear, disperse, evaporate, fade, melt, scatter, vanish
 
part of speech: noun
definition: in films and videotapes, a change of scene by having one fade while the next appears dimly and gradually grows clearer and replaces the first.
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, solut Latin root that means loosen
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