- (especially in abstract contexts) disconnect or separate；declare that one is not connected with or a supporter of (someone or something)
verb: dissociate, 3rd person present: dissociates, gerund or present participle: dissociating, past tense: dissociated, past participle: dissociated
- 1. (especially in abstract contexts) disconnect or separate the word ‘spiritual’ has become for many dissociated from religion
- ▪ declare that one is not connected with or a supporter of (someone or something) he took pains to dissociate himself from the religious radicals
- ▪ split off (a component of mental activity) to act as an independent part of mental life.
- 2. (with reference to a molecule) split into separate smaller atoms, ions, or molecules, especially reversibly these compounds are dissociated by solar radiation to yield atoms of chlorine
- disconnect or separate (used especially in abstract contexts): voices should not be dissociated from their social context
Oxford American Dictionary