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dissolve

verb uk   /dɪˈzɒlv/  us   /-ˈzɑːlv/

dissolve verb (BE ABSORBED)

C2 [I or T] (of a solid) to be absorbed by a liquid, especially when mixed, or (of a liquid) to absorb a solid: Dissolve two spoons of powder in warm water. Nitric acid will dissolve most animal tissue.
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dissolve verb (END)

C1 [T often passive] to end an official organization or a legal arrangement: Parliament has been dissolved. Their marriage was dissolved in 1968. [I] to disappear: The tension in the office just dissolves when she walks out.
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