dispose

verb
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 obsolete : regulate
c : bestow

intransitive verb

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

dispose

noun

Definition of dispose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : disposal

2 obsolete

b : demeanor

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Verb

disposer noun

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Verb

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

Mexican drug cartels frequently use clandestine pits to dispose of their victims. Fox News, "Mexican prosecutors find 166 skulls in mass graves," 6 Sep. 2018 McGinty said Bryant then panicked and tried to dispose of the body. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Texas man who cut out college student's heart, burned her body is sentenced to life," 16 Apr. 2018 With the proposal on coal ash — intended to give states and utilities more latitude when disposing of the waste — opponents have seized on the fact that there’s no study underpinning the EPA’s position. Washington Post, "EPA’s Pruitt, praised for effectiveness, hits bumps in his rollback campaign," 20 May 2018 Nayeb worked in the vehicle yard, disposing of motor oil and other potentially hazardous automotive materials. Russ Bynum, The Seattle Times, "US soldier wounded in suicide attack sues bomber’s employer," 20 Feb. 2019 Clean up and dispose of any fallen diseased leaves to help prevent a cycle of reinfection. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 Owners are required to pick up and dispose of their dog's waste in and out of the beer garden. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who let the dogs out? City Lounge in Cudahy opens dog-friendly beer garden," 30 May 2018 If any bouquets are left on the grass and get in the way of the lawnmower, they get picked up and disposed of. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Families outraged when cemetery throws out flowers the day after Mother's Day," 16 May 2018 In actuality, this info about wizards and witches magically disposing of their bodily waste has been around for a few years. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Pottermore Reminded "Harry Potter" Fans That Wizards Would Get Rid of Poop Using Magic," 4 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To keep the wolf from the door, the Kents have had to auction off furniture, jewelry, and other heirlooms, as well as dispose of their beloved country estates. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Or what if Betty puts on her black wig, murders Edgar, and Veronica helps her dispose of the body? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Riverdale's Cult Plot Is the Only Thing I Care About Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 Martinez helped dispose of her best friend’s body, police said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Woman whose body found in bags at NYC parks beaten to death by best friend’s boyfriend, cops say," 30 Aug. 2018 That has been central to a decadeslong battle over the EPA’s role in regulating how much carbon industrial businesses dispose of into the atmosphere. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "EPA Is Set to Roll Back Restrictions on Coal-Burning Power Plants," 18 Aug. 2018 Investigators believe Boswell, who lived with Trail, helped him dismember Loofe and dispose of her remains. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Nebraska couple charged with brutally murdering, dismembering Tinder date," 12 June 2018 When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag & dispose of outside in a covered trash can. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Best tips to stay safe when using fireworks," 4 July 2018 To prevent intentional or unintentional overexposure to these medications, Alexander also suggests that parents store them in a safe place and dispose of any unused medications. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%, study suggests," 21 May 2018 The take-make-dispose model has not only environmental but also economic and social costs, new research shows. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of dispose

Verb

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

Noun

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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dispose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dispose

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

dispose

verb
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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