dissolve /dɪˈzɑlv/  verb

  • of something solid : to mix with a liquid and become part of the liquid

    [no object]

    • Sugar/salt dissolves in water.

    [+ object]

    • 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

    [no object]

    • His smile dissolved [=disappeared] when I told him the news.
    • Hopes for peace dissolved in renewed violence.

    [+ object]

    • 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.