dissociate

dissociate
dissociate UK [dɪˈsəʊsɪeɪt] / US [dɪˈsoʊʃɪˌeɪt] or disassociate UK [ˌdɪsəˈsəʊsɪˌeɪt] / US [ˌdɪsəˈsoʊʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "dissociate":
present tense I/you/we/they dissociate he/she/it dissociates present participle dissociating past tense dissociated past participle dissociated
Word forms "disassociate":
present tense I/you/we/they disassociate he/she/it disassociates present participle disassociating past tense disassociated past participle disassociated
1) formal to consider two people or things to be separate, different, or not connected to each other

I was making films while I was still a pop singer and it was difficult to dissociate the two.

2) to show clearly that someone is not connected with someone or something
dissociate yourself/someone from someone/something:

MPs have been urging the government to dissociate itself entirely from the war.

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Derived word:
dissociation
UK [dɪˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [dɪˌsoʊʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable

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  • dissociate — dis*so ci*ate (d[i^]s*s[=o] sh[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissociated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dissociating}.] [L. dissociatus, p. p. of dissociare to dissociate; dis + sociare to unite, associate, socius companion. See {Social}.] To separate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dissociate — [dɪˈsəʊsiˌeɪt] or disassociate [^ˌdɪsəˈsəʊsiˌeɪt] verb dissociate yourself from to show clearly that you are not connected with someone or something dissociation [dɪˌsəʊsiˈeɪʃ(ə)n] noun [U] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • dissociate — meaning ‘to end an assocation with’, is first recorded in 1623, slightly later than its variant disassociate, and is now the more favoured form. It is followed by from and is often used reflexively (with oneself etc.): • The mother immediately… …   Modern English usage

  • dissociate — ► VERB 1) disconnect or separate. 2) (dissociate oneself from) declare that one is not connected with (someone or something). DERIVATIVES dissociation noun dissociative adjective. ORIGIN Latin dissociare separate …   English terms dictionary

  • dissociate — [di sō′shē āt΄; ] also [, di sō′sē āt΄] vt. dissociated, dissociating [< L dissociatus, pp. of dissociare < dis , apart + sociare, to join < socius, companion: see SOCIAL] 1. to break the ties or connection between; sever association… …   English World dictionary

  • dissociate — I verb break up, cut adrift, cut off, demobilize, detach, disassociate, disband, disconnect, disencumber, disengage, disjoin, dispart, disperse, displace, dissever, disunite, divide, divorce, free, have no concern with, isolate, keep apart,… …   Law dictionary

  • dissociate — 1610s (implied in dissociated), from L. dissociatus, pp. of dissociare to separate from companionship, disunite, set at variance, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + sociare to join, from socius companion (see SOCIAL (Cf. social …   Etymology dictionary

  • dissociate — [v] part company with; separate abstract, alienate, break off, detach, disassociate, disband, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, disperse, disrupt, distance, disunite, divide, divorce, estrange, isolate, quit, scatter, segregate, set apart, uncouple …   New thesaurus

  • dissociate — v. (D; refl.) also: disassociate to dissociate from USAGE NOTE: Some purists prefer dissociate. D; refl., tr.) to dissociate from (we dissociate d ourselves from his views) * * * [dɪ səʊʃɪeɪt] (D; refl.) to dissociate from (USAGE NOTE: Some… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dissociate — [[t]dɪso͟ʊʃieɪt[/t]] dissociates, dissociating, dissociated 1) VERB If you dissociate yourself from something or someone, you say or show that you are not connected with them, usually in order to avoid trouble or blame. [V pron refl from n] It… …   English dictionary

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