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verb dissolve pronunciation in British English /dɪˈzɒlv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledissolving
past tensedissolved
past participledissolved
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  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 a 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 parliament
    2. b.
      [transitive] [usually passive] legal to officially end a marriage or other legal agreement
      Their marriage was dissolved in 1938.

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