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

Examples of disposal in a Sentence

the disposal of nuclear waste trash disposal is on Wednesday in our neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web Use anything at your disposal: a stick, rock, or better yet, bear spray. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 While talks broke down amid an outcry over the potential size of the payments, courts could hand down even bigger damage awards, and once in court the administration faces pressure to use all the legal tactics at its disposal. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The increased pressure also comes despite having 62.6% of the country fully vaccinated and an array of treatments at their disposal. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2022 So, Goodfellow actually still has the extra year of eligibility granted all players in 2020 at his disposal. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 10 Jan. 2022 Only 3% of workers with access to paid sick leave have an unlimited number of days at their disposal. Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 In the meantime, our first line of defense is the same key public health measures at our disposal. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 5 Jan. 2022 Playing these two together has seldom worked, but the versatility at Indiana’s disposal cannot be ignored. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 The new rules are based around more enforcement, using the entire resources at City Hall’s disposal. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of disposal

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2022

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“Disposal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disposal. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of disposal

: the act of throwing something away
: 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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