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

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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 That evening, officials said in court documents, he and his girlfriend at the time, Michelle C. Troconis, disposed of bloodied evidence from the crime scene in trash cans in Hartford. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Fotis Dulos, Connecticut Man Accused of Killing Jennifer Dulos, Is Dead," 30 Jan. 2020 Try to spend time with objects one last time and then dispose of them. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Plan ahead when downsizing for a smoother, happier transition to your new home," 16 Jan. 2020 However, to really get the most life out of a single blade, store it back in the sheath after removal and then re-sharpen once or twice on a ceramic rod or diamond stone at home before finally disposing of it. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Get a Replaceable-Blade Knife," 3 Jan. 2020 Every year, the city hosts a massive collection event for residents to properly dispose of wastes that are considered environmentally unsafe for a landfill or conventional trash cycle. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Just how much junk did Friendswood’s Fall Haul garner?," 19 Nov. 2019 The chain asks customers who purchased the affected beef to dispose of it and to contact one of its stores for a refund. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "New Seasons recalls ground beef over E. Coli contamination, three Oregon illnesses," 10 Nov. 2019 Less than 10% of plastics disposed of in the US in 2015 were recycled. Karen Winterich, Quartz, "One simple tweak that would get more people to recycle," 10 Oct. 2019 Residents can prevent exposure to hantavirus by sealing holes larger than a dime and quickly disposing of rodent debris in homes and adjacent structures. Ramona Sentinel, "Julian brush mouse tests positive for hantavirus," 4 Oct. 2019 Waste to be disposed fell effortlessly through the pleated rubber splash guard. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "6 Best Garbage Disposals For Pulverizing Food," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mr Koenig: Property rights classically entail three elements: usus, fructus, abusus—that is, the rights to use, profit from and dispose of property. K.n.c., The Economist, "Open Future A cry for freedom in the algorithmic age," 10 Jan. 2020 To halt African swine fever, as the disease is called, the authorities must persuade farmers to kill infected pigs and dispose of them properly. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Responds Slowly, and a Pig Disease Becomes a Lethal Epidemic," 17 Dec. 2019 If a boat sinks, however, and is not removed within 30 days, the owner is subject to a civil penalty of two to five times the cost to remove, process and dispose of it. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Sailboat frozen in St. Croix River may stay out all winter; owner unable to free it Friday," 15 Nov. 2019 Pack item destined for the Dumpster into black trash bags and dispose of them immediately. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Downsizing Your Home Is Hard. How to Decide What’s Worth Keeping.," 22 Jan. 2020 Just remove the needles from the tree before you dispose of it and put them in satchels or bowls of water to continue basking in the festive smell for a little while longer. Elizabeth Wolfe And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Here's what you can do with your Christmas tree now that the holiday is over," 26 Dec. 2019 Eat, drink, be merry, and dispose of it properly — or minimize packaging in the first place. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Drowning in holiday trash? Here’s what to do with it in San Francisco," 24 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors said Lewis gave the weapon used in the murder to another gang member, retrieved it after Dvorak’s death and then helped dispose of it. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore gang members sentenced on charges related to the murder of popular Canton bartender Sebastian Dvorak," 11 Dec. 2019 What's also needed is for the general public to understand how to better dispose of trash. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China Once Welcomed the World’s Trash. Now It’s Using A.I. and Facial Recognition to Handle Mountains of Its Own," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dispose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispose. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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