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 formsdis·pos·ing·ly, adverbre·dis·pose, verb (used with object), re·dis·posed, re·dis·pos·ing.
Can be confuseddispose disperse
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British Dictionary definitions for dispose

dispose

/ (dɪˈspəʊz) /

verb

(intr 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 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

noun

an obsolete word for disposal, disposition
Derived Formsdisposer, noun

Word Origin for dispose

C14: from Old French disposer, from Latin dispōnere to set in different places, arrange, from dis- 1 + pōnere to place
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