dis·​pose | \ di-ˈspōz How to pronounce dispose (audio) \
disposed; disposing

Definition of dispose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a tendency to : incline faulty diet disposes one to sickness
2a : to put in place : set in readiness : arrange disposing troops for withdrawal
b : bestow
c obsolete : regulate

intransitive verb

1 : to settle a matter finally
2 obsolete : to come to terms
dispose of
1a(1) : to get rid of how to dispose of toxic waste
(2) : to deal with conclusively disposed of the matter efficiently
b : to transfer to the control of another disposing of personal property to a total stranger
2 : to place, distribute, or arrange especially in an orderly way disposing of the weapons in the new fort



Definition of dispose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : disposal
2 obsolete
b : demeanor

Other Words from dispose


disposer noun

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incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions. I incline to agree bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice. the experience biased him against foreigners dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something. her nature disposes her to trust others predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself. does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?

Examples of dispose in a Sentence

Verb looking for the perfect spot to dispose the new knickknack disposed the surgical instruments in the exact order in which they would be needed
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The previous law allowed landlords to immediately seize and dispose of a delinquent occupant’s personal property. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Once the tank is at capacity, simply remove it and dispose of the water. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 8 May 2022 The culling at Rembrandt comes amid a spread of bird flu in the U.S. that has farms grappling with ways to quickly kill and dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys to limit the spread of disease. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 Carefully cut off and dispose of the puffballs before the seeds go flying. oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2022 Those crews are still at the scene and are working to safely remove and dispose of the aluminum powder, the statement said. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Mar. 2022 Naperville’s brush collection program begins May 9 Residents can dispose of unbundled branches and tree trimmings through Naperville’s bulk brush collection program starting the week of May 9. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 Once poultry are dead, farmers must quickly dispose of the birds. CBS News, 7 Apr. 2022 Wayne County residents can dispose of unwanted household chemicals and recycle old electronics for free this weekend. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dispose


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dispose

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French desposer, from Latin disponere to arrange (perfect indicative disposui), from dis- + ponere to put — more at position

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The first known use of dispose was in the 14th century

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21 May 2022

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More Definitions for dispose


dis·​pose | \ dis-ˈpōz How to pronounce dispose (audio) \
disposed; disposing

Kids Definition of dispose

: to put in place : arrange Campsites were disposed around the lake.
dispose of
1 : to finish with The matter was quickly disposed of.
2 : to get rid of Please dispose of trash properly.

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