- 1 [intransitive] dissolve (in something) (of a solid) to mix with a liquid and become part of it Salt dissolves in water. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Wordfinderabsorb, condense, dilute, dissolve, evaporate, filter, immerse, liquid, rinse, saturated
- 2 [transitive] dissolve something (in something) to make a solid become part of a liquid Dissolve the tablet in water.
- 3[transitive] dissolve something to officially end a marriage, business agreement or parliament Their marriage was dissolved in 1999. The election was announced and parliament was dissolved. See related entries: Separation, Business deals
- 4[intransitive, transitive] to disappear; to make something disappear When the ambulance had gone, the crowd dissolved. dissolve something His calm response dissolved her anger.
- 5[intransitive] dissolve into laughter, tears, etc. to suddenly start laughing, crying, etc. When the teacher looked up, the children dissolved into giggles. Every time she heard his name, she dissolved into tears.
- 6[transitive, intransitive] to remove or destroy something, especially by a chemical process; to be destroyed in this way dissolve something (away) a new detergent that dissolves stains dissolve (away) All the original calcium had dissolved away. Word Origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘break down into component parts’): from Latin dissolvere, from dis-
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BrE BrE//dɪˈzɒlv//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɑːlv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dissolve
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɒlv//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɑːlv//he / she / it dissolves
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɒlvz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɑːlvz//past simple dissolved
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɒlvd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɑːlvd//past participle dissolved
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɒlvd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɑːlvd//-ing form dissolving
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɒlvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɑːlvɪŋ//Separation, Business deals