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
Recent Examples on the Web With only limited and inadequate democratic mechanisms at their disposal, Hong Kongers have developed a vibrant and increasingly militant protest culture as a primary means for exercising political influence. David Skidmore, The Conversation, "China can still salvage ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong – here’s how," 6 Jan. 2020 Fighter pilots have two major tools at their disposal to prevent them from passing out. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "A pilot passed out while flying an F-15 over Oregon. Here’s what happened next.," 3 Jan. 2020 But the resources at his disposal — both his official powers and his ability to employ traditional and social media — are greatly enhanced. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Get Ready for a Nasty 2020 Presidential Campaign," 1 Jan. 2020 Bolton was not subpoenaed by the House but, as a senior adviser to the president on matters of national security, had similar arguments at his disposal. Eric Tucker, USA TODAY, "Judge dismisses impeachment suit from ex-White House aide," 31 Dec. 2019 This class should keep Clemson at the top of the conference for the foreseeable future when paired with the other talent Dabo Swinney has at his disposal. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "ACC football signing day breakdown: Here's where Louisville football ranks," 18 Dec. 2019 With the tools at their disposal today, planners and controllers would seem to have no hope of competing with organically grown information-processing systems such as markets and democracy. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Having an arsenal of COVERGIRL products at her disposal at all times doesn’t hurt. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Ayesha Curry Officially Named The Face Of COVERGIRL’s Exhibitionist Mascara," 17 Dec. 2019 My administration is committed to aggressively challenging and confronting anti-Semitic bigotry in every resource and using every single weapon at our disposal. Fox News, "Trump envoy explains White House's next steps in fight against anti-Semitism," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disposal

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disposal was in 1630

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12 Jan 2020

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“Disposal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disposal. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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to insert between existing elements

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