verb (used with object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for dispose of
- to deal with or settle
- to give, sell, or transfer to another
- to throw out or away
- to consume, esp hurriedly
- to kill
Word Origin for dispose
Word Origin and History for dispose of
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.
Idioms and Phrases with dispose of
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]