Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) officially end an organization or legal agreement, disappear
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • dissolve tension/a company/parliament/marriage
  • Analysis
    The main theme that runs through the various uses of this word is of something disappearing entirely or ceasing to exist. For example, if you 'dissolve' sugar in boiling water it does not stop working, it disappears or is no longer visible. If you 'dissolve' a business it does not just cease operations, it no longer exists. This versatile expression can be used in social, scientific or professional contexts. Due to the fact that it is quite formal, it is not overly common.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The two spoonfuls of sugar I put into the hot tea dissolved immediately and sweetened the drink nicely.
    2. My stress and tension dissolved as soon as I stepped into the room for my massage.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I get on well with all the people I live with except Gary. He winds everyone up so much that when we're around him, we're all on edge, and when he leaves you can just feel the tension suddenly dissolve.
    2. Jack and Sarah began the process of dissolving their marriage by visiting a solicitor to draw up the necessary legal work required to make their separation official.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The shareholders of the company agreed to the Board of Directors' resolution to dissolve the company, and so articles of dissolution were filed to begin the liquidation of assets.
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