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 of

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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Word Origin and History for dispose of

dispose


v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with dispose of

dispose of


1

Attend to, settle, deal with, as in He quickly disposed of the problem. [Early 1600s]

2

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]

3

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]

4

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]

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