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
Examples from the Web for dispose
Nothing much to use in cleaning up the baby and his mother after the birth, no place to dispose of the placenta.
The Jewish Week reported that sources said Hynes was expected to dispose of the case with a lenient plea deal.
And with so many pigs dying, farms have been challenged to try to find hygienic ways to dispose of the carcasses.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon|Carrie Arnold|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He wanted to make sure that he had the maximum amount of time to attack his victim and dispose of her body.
The Japanese team then folded, allowing Rong Guotuan quickly to dispose of his last opponent.
Everyone holding it has been anxious to dispose of it on any terms.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant|James D. Richardson
I have very little to dispose of; it is almost all entailed property.Guy Livingstone;|George A. Lawrence
How to dispose of this sum for the best advantage of his family, was matter of anxious consideration to Butler.The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
I now supposed he was angry because my uncle would not "dispose" of me in some manner which he proposed.Seek and Find|Oliver Optic
Indeed it would not be difficult to dispose of it by the method of reasoning familiarly known as a reductio ad absurdum.The Bridling of Pegasus|Alfred Austin
British Dictionary definitions for dispose
- 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
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.