Definition of dissolve
Recorded since c.1374, from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart", itself from from dis- "apart" + solvere "to loose, loosen"
to dissolve (third-person singular simple present dissolves, present participle dissolving, simple past and past participle dissolved)
- (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
- (transitive) To destroy, make disappear
- (transitive) To liquify, melt into a fluid
- (intransitive) To be melted, changed into a fluid
- (chemistry) (transitive) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
- (chemistry) (intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
- (transitive) To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
- (cinematography) (intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
- (intransitive) To resolve itself as by dissolution
- (cinematography) fade out
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