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verb     dissolve pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledissolving
past tensedissolved
past participledissolved
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a solid substance dissolves in a liquid, it is mixed into the liquid so that it becomes included in it
    dissolve in:

    salt dissolves in water

    1. a.
      [transitive] to mix a solid substance into a liquid so that it becomes included in it
      dissolve something in something:

      Dissolve the sugar in one tablespoon of water over low heat.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a group or organization dissolves, or if someone dissolves it, it stops existing

    The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991.

    1. a.
      [transitive] [often passive] to formally end a legislature
    2. b.
      [transitive] [usually passive] legal to officially end a marriage or other legal agreement

      Their marriage was dissolved in 1938.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to disappear or stop existing, or to make a feeling or other thing disappear or stop existing

    After four days, her hopes of finding Ben began to dissolve.

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