1. become weaker

    Synonyms : fade away, fade out
    Type Of : turn, change state
  2. cause to go into a solution

    Synonyms : break up, resolve
    Type Of : change integrity
    Examples :
    • The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water
  3. become or cause to become soft or liquid

    Synonyms : dethaw, melt, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw
    Type Of : liquefy, liquify, flux
    Examples :
    • The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase
  4. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up

    Synonyms : break up
    Type Of : end, terminate
    Examples :
    • The decree officially dissolved the marriage
    • the judge dissolved the tobacco company
  5. come to an end

    Synonyms : break up
    Type Of : end, terminate
    Examples :
    • Their marriage dissolved
  6. declare void

    Synonyms : dismiss
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
    Examples :
    • The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections
  7. stop functioning or cohering as a unit

    Synonyms : disband
    Type Of : break up
    Examples :
    • The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting
  8. cause to fade away

    Type Of : alter, change, modify
    Examples :
    • dissolve a shot or a picture
  9. cause to lose control emotionally

    Type Of : upset, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune
    Examples :
    • The news dissolved her into tears
  10. (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out

    Type Of : transition
  11. lose control emotionally

    Type Of : snap, lose it, break down
    Examples :
    • She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme
  12. pass into a solution

    Type Of : disintegrate
    Examples :
    • The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee


  1. the property of enduring or continuing in time

    Synonyms : continuance
    Type Of : time
  2. continuance in time

    Synonyms : length
    Type Of : temporal property
    Examples :
    • the ceremony was of short duration
  3. the period of time during which something continues

    Synonyms : continuance
    Type Of : period of time, time period, period


  1. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

    Synonyms : desert
    Type Of : take flight, flee, fly
  2. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

    Synonyms : blemish, mar
    Type Of : appearance, visual aspect
  3. an imperfection in an object or machine

    Synonyms : fault, flaw
    Type Of : imperfection, imperfectness
    Examples :
    • if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer
  4. a failing or deficiency

    Synonyms : shortcoming
    Type Of : disadvantage
    Examples :
    • that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information
  5. an imperfection in a bodily system

    Type Of : imperfection, imperfectness
    Examples :
    • visual defects
    • this device permits detection of defects in the lungs


  1. any of several games played with small rectangular blocks

    Synonyms : dominos
    Type Of : table game


  1. small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream

    Synonyms : cafe noir
    Type Of : coffee, java
  2. small coffee cup; for serving black coffee

    Type Of : coffee cup


  1. deliberately impassive in manner

    Synonyms : expressionless, impassive, poker-faced, unexpressive
    Examples :
    • deadpan humor


  1. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

    Synonyms : dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstill
    Type Of : situation


  1. decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use

    Synonyms : wear and tear
    Type Of : non-cash expense, financial loss
  2. a communication that belittles somebody or something

    Synonyms : derogation, disparagement
    Type Of : disrespect, discourtesy
  3. a decrease in price or value

    Antonyms : appreciation
    Type Of : reduction, step-down, decrease, diminution
    Examples :
    • depreciation of the dollar against the yen


  1. an official lowering of a nation's currency; a decrease in the value of a country's currency relative to that of foreign countries

    Type Of : regulation, regulating
  2. the reduction of something's value or worth

    Type Of : decrease, reduction, diminution, step-down


  1. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

    Synonyms : mute, silent
  2. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

    Synonyms : dense, dim, dull, obtuse, slow
    Examples :
    • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
  3. temporarily incapable of speaking

    Synonyms : speechless
    Examples :
    • struck dumb
  4. lacking the power of human speech

    Examples :
    • dumb animals