from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make unlike or dissimilar.
  • transitive v. Linguistics To cause to undergo dissimilation.
  • intransitive v. To become unlike or dissimilar.
  • intransitive v. Linguistics To undergo dissimilation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make dissimilar or unlike.
  • v. To become dissimilar or unlike.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render dissimilar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make unlike; cause to differ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make dissimilar; cause to become less similar
  • v. become dissimilar or less similar
  • v. become dissimilar by changing the sound qualities


dis- + (as)similate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From dis- +‎ Latin similis ("like"), modelled on assimilate. (Wiktionary)


  • Microsoft's right to protect its private property interferes with a hacker's right to free speech, i.e. to dissimilate pirated copies of Windows 7.

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  • The Waitt Institute has set up a Web site - searchforamelia. org - to dissimilate data collected during the expedition. Stories

  • Some of it has to do with modeling and being able to dissimilate hardware in the loop work which is really being able to model with hardware without using the hardware. Home Page


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