Refers to the process of researching and writing a dissertation. Used in place of similar descriptors, such as writing or studying, in order to emphasize the great scope and magnitude of the work taking place. Often used by graduate students to describe their work schedule.
Clarissa said she cannot attend the party because she needs to dissertate. For years it seems the only thing she has done is dissertate, and yet she still hasn't finished her PhD.
by ldowning August 11, 2009

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