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

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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 As the roll-out of the new organic waste recycling program nears, Escondido Disposal and its partner cities will launch an education campaign to teach homeowners and businesses how to properly dispose of their food waste. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your next green move? Recycling that kitchen waste," 26 Dec. 2020 Why didn’t Jonathan dispose of the murder weapon in a body of water? New York Times, "Hugh Grant and David E. Kelley Discuss the ‘Undoing’ Finale," 30 Nov. 2020 Allen residents who are looking to do some fall cleaning can dispose of any electronics, medications or paper for disposal at the the Allen Recycles Day event next month. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Fall cleaning? Allen has you covered with upcoming recycling event," 28 Oct. 2020 Typically, tenants are required to dispose of their dog feces, but since they aren't being held accountable in your building, then the landlord is ultimately responsible. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "Landlord unresponsive to requests," 22 Jan. 2021 Among Part 115's provisions: Counties must have a base capacity available to dispose of 66 months' worth of waste generated in that county. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan sucks at recycling. Blame plentiful and cheap landfills," 5 Jan. 2021 And the cost statewide to collect and dispose of municipal waste is about $1 billion. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan sucks at recycling. Blame plentiful and cheap landfills," 5 Jan. 2021 Here’s how Allen recommends its residents safely dispose of the extra waste. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Here’s how Allen residents can safely dispose of their Christmas trees after the holidays," 21 Dec. 2020 The fireworks were transferred to the Long Beach Fire Department, Fahey said, which will determine how to store or dispose of them. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Man arrested after more than 5,000 pounds of fireworks found in South L.A. home," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Put out the fire completely with sand or water and dispose of ashes and embers, which could stay active for up to two days, in a metal container. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, "9 Affordable Fire Pits for Safer, Cozier Outside Nights," 22 Jan. 2021 Watch out for the several tablespoons of unpopped corn and dispose of them separately. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Edible bites for Election Night," 28 Oct. 2020 If any of your trees, shrubs or perennials had serious insect or disease problems during the growing season, rake up those leaves and dispose of them outside your yard. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Winter is coming: Here are 12 do’s and don’ts for preparing your garden for cold weather," 14 Nov. 2020 After that, dispose of the solution, rinse the inside of your electric kettle, and stand in awe of your brand-new-looking appliance. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items," 5 Nov. 2020 Players and coaches were confined to four walls for the entirety of the quarantine, only opening the room door to collect food, get tested for the virus and dispose of rubbish. Ben Church, CNN, "'I've never been so happy to see a piece of bacon.' Surviving two weeks of isolation to play video games," 30 Oct. 2020 Thoroughly clean all snails and/or slugs from the bottom of pots and dispose of them. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Start now to transition tropical plants back inside for the winter," 28 Oct. 2020 Existing wireless chargers will still recharge the iPhone 12 range, but customers are likely going to adopt this new system and dispose of their older accessories. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?," 14 Oct. 2020 The memo also said all DOT employees were reminded to not store personal items at facilities, block entrances, dispose of items without permission or use exercise equipment. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Inspector general: Baltimore City transportation employee stored, sold personal items out of city facility," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for dispose

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

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26 Feb 2021

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“Dispose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispose. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispose

: to cause (someone) to be likely to do or have something
: to put (someone or something) in a particular position or place


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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