Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[dih-spohz] /dɪˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), disposed, disposing.
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.
verb (used without object), disposed, disposing.
to arrange or decide matters:
to do as God disposes.
Obsolete. to make terms.
Archaic. disposition; habit.
Obsolete. arrangement; regulation; disposal.
Verb phrases
dispose of,
  1. to deal with conclusively; settle.
  2. to get rid of; discard.
  3. to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
  4. to do away with; destroy.
Origin of dispose
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French disposer, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + poser to place (see pose1), on the model of Latin dispōnere
Related forms
disposingly, adverb
redispose, verb (used with object), redisposed, redisposing.
Can be confused
dispose, disperse. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dispose
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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 Horatio Alger
  • These are the property of peasant-owners, who dispose of their crops here and at Langogne.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Let him dispose of his money as he likes, as long as he does not dispose of my heart in the same way.

  • Away he posted directly to an attorney's who was empowered to dispose of the land.

  • It was disposed of, for its good, as one might dispose of a child.

British Dictionary definitions for dispose


(intransitive) foll by of
  1. to deal with or settle
  2. to give, sell, or transfer to another
  3. to throw out or away
  4. to consume, esp hurriedly
  5. to kill
to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final condition: man proposes, God disposes
(transitive) to make willing or receptive
(transitive) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
(transitive) often foll by to. to accustom or condition
an obsolete word for disposal, disposition
Derived Forms
disposer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French disposer, from Latin dispōnere to set in different places, arrange, from dis-1 + pōnere to place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dispose

late 14c., from Old French disposer (13c.) "arrange, order, control, regulate" (influenced in form by poser "to place"), from Latin disponere "put in order, arrange, distribute," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Related: Disposed; disposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for dispose

Word Value for dispose

Scrabble Words With Friends