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Definition of dissociate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dissociate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈsəʊsieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊsieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dissociate
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊʃieɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈsəʊsieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊsieɪt//
     
    he / she / it dissociates
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊʃieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊʃieɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊsieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊsieɪts//
     
    past simple dissociated
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle dissociated
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊsieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form dissociating
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈsəʊsieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsoʊsieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/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.
  3. opposite associate
    Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin dissociat- ‘separated’, from the verb dissociare, from dis- (expressing reversal) + sociare ‘join together’ (from socius ‘companion’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dissociate