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Definition of 'dissolve'


  1. (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out


  1. cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
       Synonyms: resolve break up
  2. pass into a solution; "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"
  3. become weaker; "The sound faded out"
       Synonyms: fade out fade away
  4. come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
       Synonyms: break up
  5. stop functioning or cohering as a unit; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"
       Synonyms: disband
  6. cause to lose control emotionally; "The news dissolved her into tears"
  7. lose control emotionally; "She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"
  8. cause to fade away; "dissolve a shot or a picture"
  9. become or cause to become soft or liquid; "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat"
       Synonyms: thaw unfreeze unthaw dethaw melt
  10. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
       Synonyms: break up
  11. declare void; "The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections"
       Synonyms: dismiss

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