As verbs the difference between dissipate and perish
is that dissipate
is to drive away, disperse while perish
is to pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
To drive away, disperse.
- I soon dissipated his fears.
To use up or waste.
* Bishop Burnet
- The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate all intellectual energy.
* 1931 :
- The vast wealth was in three years dissipated .
To vanish by dispersion.
- So much for the effort and ingenuity of Montmartre. All the catering to vice and waste was on an utterly childish scale, and he suddenly realized the meaning of the word "dissipate'"—to ' dissipate into thin air; to make nothing out of something.
To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
To die; to cease to live.
* 1719 ,
(obsolete) To cause to perish.
- ...the ship struck upon a sand, and ... the sea broke over her in such a manner that we expected we should all have perished immediately; and we were immediately driven into our close quarters, to shelter us from the very foam and spray of the sea.
- (Francis Bacon)
* decease, pass away
* See also
* perish the thought