Meaning of dissipate

dis•si•pate

Pronunciation: (dis'u-pāt"), [key]
— v., -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
  2. to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; squander; deplete: to dissipate one's talents; to dissipate a fortune on high living.
—v.i.
  1. to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate: The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
  2. to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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