dis·sim·i·late (dĭ-simґĭ-lāt) [dis-1 + similare to make alike] to decompose a substance into simpler compounds, for the production of energy or of materials that can be eliminated.

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  • Dissimilate — Dis*sim i*late, v. t. To render dissimilar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dissimilate — [di sim′ə lāt΄] vt. dissimilated, dissimilating [ DIS + (AS)SIMILATE] 1. to make dissimilar 2. to cause to undergo dissimilation vi. to become dissimilar dissimilative adj …   English World dictionary

  • dissimilate — intransitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: dis + similate (as in assimilate) Date: 1841 to undergo dissimilation • dissimilatory adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dissimilate — dissimilative, adj. dissimilatory /di sim euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /di sim euh layt /, v.t., dissimilated, dissimilating. Phonet. to modify by dissimilation. [1835 45; DIS 1 + (AS)SIMILATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • dissimilate — verb /dɪˈsɪmɪleɪt/ a) To make dissimilar or unlike. b) To become dissimilar or unlike …   Wiktionary

  • dissimilate — v. become different, become unlike; make dissimilar sounds; omit two related sounds in a word (Phonetics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dissimilate — [dɪ sɪmɪleɪt] verb Linguistics change (a sound in a word) to another when the word originally had identical sounds near each other (e.g. in taper, which derives from papyrus, the p is dissimilated to t). Derivatives dissimilation noun… …   English new terms dictionary

  • dissimilate — dis·sim·i·late …   English syllables

  • dissimilate — dis•sim•i•late [[t]dɪˈsɪm əˌleɪt[/t]] v. lat•ed, lat•ing 1) phn to modify (a sound) by dissimilation 2) phn (of a sound) to become modified by dissimilation • Etymology: 1835–45; dis I+ (as ) similate dis•sim′i•la tive, adj. dis•sim′i•la•to ry… …   From formal English to slang

  • dissimilate — /dɪˈsɪməleɪt/ (say di simuhlayt) verb (t) (dissimilated, dissimilating) to change (a speech sound) so that it is less like another sound in a neighbouring syllable, as in marble, which derives from the French marbre. –dissimilative /dɪˈsɪmələtɪv/ …   Australian English dictionary

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