- to give a tendency or inclination to; incline: His temperament disposed him to argue readily with people.
- to put in a particular or the proper order or arrangement; adjust by arranging the parts.
- to put in a particular or suitable place: The lamp was disposed on a table nearby.
- to make fit or ready; prepare: Your words of cheer dispose me for the task.
- to arrange or decide matters: to do as God disposes.
- Obsolete. to make terms.
- dispose of,
- to deal with conclusively; settle.
- to get rid of; discard.
- to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
- to do away with; destroy.
Origin of dispose
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Examples from the Web for dispose
Nothing much to use in cleaning up the baby and his mother after the birth, no place to dispose of the placenta.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
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The Jewish Week reported that sources said Hynes was expected to dispose of the case with a lenient plea deal.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
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And with so many pigs dying, farms have been challenged to try to find hygienic ways to dispose of the carcasses.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon
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He wanted to make sure that he had the maximum amount of time to attack his victim and dispose of her body.A Serial Killer on the Loose in Nazi Berlin
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The Japanese team then folded, allowing Rong Guotuan quickly to dispose of his last opponent.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
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He was very glad to earn money in this way, since it seemed he was to have no fish to dispose of.Brave and Bold
These are the property of peasant-owners, who dispose of their crops here and at Langogne.The Roof of France
Let him dispose of his money as he likes, as long as he does not dispose of my heart in the same way.The Imaginary Invalid
Away he posted directly to an attorney's who was empowered to dispose of the land.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It was disposed of, for its good, as one might dispose of a child.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (intr foll by of)
- to deal with or settle
- to give, sell, or transfer to another
- to throw out or away
- to consume, esp hurriedly
- to kill
- to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final conditionman proposes, God disposes
- (tr) to make willing or receptive
- (tr) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
- (tr often foll by to) to accustom or condition
C14: from Old French disposer, from Latin dispōnere to set in different places, arrange, from dis- 1 + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for dispose
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