dispose


1dis·pose

verb \di-ˈspōz\

: to cause (someone) to be likely to do or have something

: to put (someone or something) in a particular position or place

dis·poseddis·pos·ing

Full Definition of DISPOSE

transitive verb
1
:  to give a tendency to :  incline <faulty diet disposes one to sickness>
2
a :  to put in place :  set in readiness :  arrange <disposing troops for withdrawal>
b obsolete :  regulate
c :  bestow
intransitive verb
1
:  to settle a matter finally
2
obsolete :  to come to terms
dis·pos·er noun
dispose of
1
:  to place, distribute, or arrange especially in an orderly way
2
a :  to transfer to the control of another <disposing of personal property to a total stranger>
b (1) :  to get rid of <how to dispose of toxic waste>
(2) :  to deal with conclusively <disposed of the matter efficiently>

Examples of DISPOSE

  1. <looking for the perfect spot to dispose the new knickknack>
  2. <disposed the surgical instruments in the exact order in which they would be needed>

Origin of DISPOSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French desposer, from Latin disponere to arrange (perfect indicative disposui), from dis- + ponere to put — more at position
First Known Use: 14th century

2dispose

noun

Definition of DISPOSE

1
obsolete :  disposal
2
obsolete
a :  disposition
b :  demeanor

First Known Use of DISPOSE

1590

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