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Recorded since c. 1374, from Latin dissolvere (to loosen up, break apart), itself from dis- (apart) + solvere (to loose, loosen).



dissolve (third-person singular simple present dissolves, present participle dissolving, simple past and past participle dissolved)

  1. (transitive) to terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding
    The ruling party or coalition sometimes dissolves parliament early when the polls are favorable, hoping to reconvene with a larger majority.
    Antonyms: establish, found
  2. (transitive) to destroy, make disappear
  3. (transitive) to liquify, melt into a fluid
    • Shakespeare
      as if the world were all dissolved to tears
  4. (intransitive) to be melted, changed into a fluid
  5. (chemistry, transitive) to disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas
  6. (chemistry, intransitive) to be disintegrated by such immersion
  7. (transitive) to disperse, drive apart a group of persons
    • Shakespeare
      Nothing can dissolve us.
  8. (transitive) to break the continuity of; to disconnect; to loosen; to undo; to separate
    • Fairfax
      Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
    • The Declaration of Independence
      For one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.
  9. (law, transitive) to annul; to rescind; to discharge or release
    to dissolve an injunction
    • 2017 August 13, Brandon Nowalk, “Oldtown offers one last game-changing secret as Game Of Thrones goes behind enemy lines (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Jon Snow is the legitimate heir to the Targaryen line, by the old rules, of the old government, which was dissolved and reshaped by King Robert.
  10. (cinematography, intransitive) to shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in
    Synonym: fade out
  11. (intransitive) to resolve itself as by dissolution
  12. (obsolete) to solve; to clear up; to resolve
    • Tennyson
      dissolved the mystery
    • Bible, Daniel v. 16
      Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.
  13. to relax by pleasure; to make powerless
    • Dryden
      Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie.


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dissolve (plural dissolves)

  1. (cinematography) a form of film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next
    Synonym: fade out






  1. third-person singular present indicative of dissolvere






  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of dissolver
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of dissolver