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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The authority services all parcels for disposal and processing of residential garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulk waste. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Fuming over ‘gigantic’ 96-gallon trash cans in Palm Beach County? So are your neighbors.," 16 Sep. 2019 Production, recycling, and disposal costs to the environment are difficult to quantify and largely beyond the control of most consumers. National Geographic, "The environmental impacts of cars, explained," 15 Sep. 2019 News of the war chest at Zinedine Zidane's disposal comes only a few weeks since the end of the summer transfer window, a period which saw Los Blancos splash out just shy of a whopping £280m. SI.com, "Real Madrid's 2020 Transfer Budget Revealed With 'Plan' to Lure Kylian Mbappe," 15 Sep. 2019 This usually includes leaf raking, blowing and/or vacuuming, as well as leaf disposal. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Hire a contractor for fall season yard spruce-up," 14 Sep. 2019 That might not be easy with regulators almost certainly demanding store disposals and France’s president Emmanuel Macron desperate to avoid layoffs. Washington Post, "Carrefour Bid for Casino Would Be a Big Roll of the Dice," 12 Sep. 2019 Mahomes, the league’s Most Valuable Player after throwing 50 touchdown passes in 2018, has a number of options at his disposal on offense. oregonlive, "Kansas City stomps short-handed Jacksonville Jaguars: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 8 Sep. 2019 At Fangio’s disposal on the Broncos are two premier pass rushers (Miller/Bradley Chubb), an elite cornerback (Chris Harris) and a new safety (Jackson). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos GM John Elway believes Vic Fangio is the right man with the right plan," 8 Sep. 2019 St Paul refuse hauling has been a colorful tapestry of individual decisions and disposal. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: There’s more to our mental-health system than state-operated services," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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