dissolve /dɪˈzɑlv/ verb
of something solid : to mix with a liquid and become part of the liquid
- Sugar/salt dissolves in water.
- Dissolve the tablet in water.
2 [+ object] formal : to officially end (something, such as a marriage, organization, or agreement)
- She dissolved [=terminated] their partnership.
— often used as (be) dissolved
- The marriage/business/government was dissolved.
- The company has been dissolved.
3 somewhat formal : to end or disappear or cause (something) to end or disappear
- His smile dissolved [=disappeared] when I told him the news.
- Hopes for peace dissolved in renewed violence.
- His kind words dissolved her sadness.
- The treatment is used to dissolve kidney stones.
◊ If you dissolve in/into tears/laughter, etc., you start to cry, laugh, etc., in an uncontrolled way.
- The audience dissolved into tears during the play’s final scene.
- The children dissolved into laughter/giggles.
— dissolvable /dɪˈzɑlvəbəl/ adjective
- The doctor used dissolvable stitches to close the wound.