verb: a thinly-veiled euphemism that advanced graduate students use to describe non-academic activities, often used with air quotes.
What were you doing at the bar yesterday afternoon? Oh, I was just "dissertating" *wink*.
by FlyGrl February 05, 2010
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To actively work on a thesis, prospectus or dissertation.
Johnny is going to be dissertating in his study carrel in the library today.
by Groovy9113 October 01, 2009