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Definition of dissociate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    dissociate

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    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈsoʊʃiˌeɪt//
     
    , NAmE//dɪˈsoʊsiˌeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dissociate
     
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    he / she / it dissociates
     
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    past simple dissociated
     
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    -ing form dissociating
     
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  1. 1 (also disassociate) dissociate yourself/somebody from somebody/something to say or do something to show that you are not connected with or do not support someone or something; to make it clear that something is not connected with a particular plan, action, etc. He tried to dissociate himself from the party's more extreme views. They were determined to dissociate the UN from any agreement to impose sanctions.
  2. 2dissociate somebody/something (from something) (formal) to think of two people or things as separate and not connected with each other She tried to dissociate the two events in her mind. opposite associate
dissociation
 
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NAmE//dɪˌsoʊsiˈeɪʃn//
 
, NAmE//dɪˌsoʊʃiˈeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] the dissociation of political and moral ideas
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dissociate