having a certain inclination or disposition; inclined (usually followed by to or an infinitive): a man disposed to like others.

Nearby words

  1. disposable personal income,
  2. disposable soma theory,
  3. disposal,
  4. dispose,
  5. dispose of,
  6. disposer,
  7. disposition,
  8. dispositive,
  9. dispossess,
  10. dispossessed

Origin of disposed

1300–50; Middle English. See dispose, -ed2

Related formsdis·pos·ed·ly, adverbdis·pos·ed·ness, nounhalf-dis·posed, adjectivenon·dis·posed, adjective



verb (used with object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.

to arrange or decide matters: to do as God disposes.
Obsolete. to make terms.


Archaic. disposition; habit.
Obsolete. arrangement; regulation; disposal.

Verb Phrases

dispose of,
  1. to deal with conclusively; settle.
  2. to get rid of; discard.
  3. to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
  4. to do away with; destroy.

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 disposed



  1. having an inclination as specified (towards something)
  2. (in combination)well-disposed



(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


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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