- 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
Related Words for dispose ofsell, relinquish, dump, unload, eliminate, destroy, discard, scrap, bestow, chuck, eighty-six, give, jettison, junk, kiss, transfer, adios, chop, cut, decide
- (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
Word Origin for dispose
Attend to, settle, deal with, as in He quickly disposed of the problem. [Early 1600s]
Transfer, part with, as by giving away or selling. For example, They wanted to dispose of the land as soon as possible. [Second half of 1600s]
Get rid of, throw out, as in Can we dispose of the trash in this barrel? Oliver Goldsmith had this idiom in She Stoops to Conquer (1773): “I'm disposing of the husband before I have secured the lover.” [Mid-1600s]
Kill or destroy; also, humorously, consume. For example, The king was determined to dispose of his enemies, or John disposed of the cake in no time. [Second half of 1800s]