dis·​pos·​al | \ di-ˈspō-zəl How to pronounce disposal (audio) \

Definition of disposal

1 : the power or authority to make use of as one chooses : the power or authority to dispose of something The car was at my disposal.
2 : the act or process of disposing: such as
a : orderly placement or distribution the disposal of troops along the ridge
c : the act or action of presenting or bestowing (see bestow sense 4) something disposal of favors the disposal of property
d : systematic destruction especially : destruction or transformation of garbage trash disposal the disposal of nuclear waste
3 [ garbage disposal unit ] : a device used to reduce waste matter (as by grinding) putting food scraps down the disposal

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Examples of disposal in a Sentence

the disposal of nuclear waste trash disposal is on Wednesday in our neighborhood

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One is creating appropriate waste collecting and recycling infrastructure for existing plastic goods in the market to guarantee responsible disposal. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 While hydrazine costs $85 to $100 per pound, the real costs come with the security needed to transport such a toxic substance: protective equipment, detectors, and waste disposal all add up. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Plasma Thrusters Are About To Have Their Moment," 30 Aug. 2018 Public dismay with refuse disposal around the Russian capital increased sharply in March after scores of children in the town of Volokolamsk were sickened with symptoms of gas poisoning linked to a landfill. Washington Post, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia’s environment," 12 June 2018 In March, the EPA proposed changes to the Obama-era directive regulating coal ash waste, giving states and utilities more power to manage their own disposal of it. Juana Summers, CNN, "Key steps that Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken at EPA," 17 Apr. 2018 Efforts like Phoenix-area Shot in the Dark would also offer needle disposal and provide education on overdose prevention, naloxone access and mental-illness treatment. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Arizona needle-exchange bill gets watered down in state Senate," 21 Mar. 2018 Diesel generators provide electricity, rainwater cisterns and wells provide water and septic tanks provide sewage disposal. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "For $20 million, enjoy some alone time on a 700-acre island paradise in the Bahamas," 31 Jan. 2018 In regular session at 5 p.m., the council will discuss how to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Mayor Jim Wood, and ordinances regarding disposal of commercial kitchen grease and discharge into the city sewer system. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "On the agenda, Jan. 7," 7 Jan. 2018 The Framingham Police Department is partnering with the Framingham Housing Authority and JSI Research & Training Institute to increase awareness of proper drug disposal. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Framingham police work to increase awareness of proper drug disposal," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of disposal

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of disposal

: the act of throwing something away
law : the act of giving control or ownership of land, possessions, etc., to someone


dis·​pos·​al | \ dis-ˈpō-zəl How to pronounce disposal (audio) \

Kids Definition of disposal

1 : the act of getting rid of trash disposal
2 : right or power to use : control I have money at my disposal.

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