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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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 Please closely follow the local guidelines to properly dispose of your grey water after use. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 6 June 2021 Maybe that will make any future legal antics a little easier and quicker to dispose of. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 5 June 2021 One of the ways the department has encouraged hunters like Duren to help stop the disease's spread is to properly dispose of the elk or deer carcass. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 Rumpke will also dispose of the city’s street-sweeper debris at a cost of $45.10 a ton. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 17 May 2021 The event is only available to solid waste rate payers, who will be allowed to dispose of unwanted bulky items such as appliances, carpet, furniture, tires, toilets, water heaters and more. Peter Rasmussen, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2021 More cleaning crews will be needed to dispose of more trash after games, and a full crew of ushers and security guards will be brought back, with the ballpark’s concessionaire, Aramark, handling the return of food and beverage workers. BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2021 If your city or town collects compost separately from waste and recycling material, a compost bin will easily facilitate the indoor collection so as to dispose in a larger receptacle outside. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, 21 Mar. 2021 The two men switched cars before going to the Ohio River to dispose of the firearm, according to the plea agreement. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its field teams clear land mines, dispose of unexploded ordnance found in bombs and bullets, and build facilities to store guns and other weapons safely. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 Its field teams clear land mines, dispose of unexploded ordnance found in bombs and bullets, and build facilities to store guns and other weapons safely. New York Times, 9 June 2021 There were more patients, with more complex needs, but less time to spare because of the constant need to don, doff, sanitize, and dispose of gear. oregonlive, 8 May 2021 Place the infected plant and all its roots in a garbage bag and dispose of in the trash. oregonlive, 2 May 2021 There are drop-off sites open year-round throughout San Diego and Imperial counties, so people don’t have to wait for the next Take Back Day to safety dispose of unwanted drugs. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Flores has pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact, accused of helping his son, Paul Flores, dispose of Smart’s body following her 1996 disappearance. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Federal prosecutors, however, have insisted that Richards dispose of the hydroxychloroquine, a process that Skordas estimated would cost his client at least $10,000 and possibly more. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 At the jail, people will be able to post bail, receive fingerprinting services, pick up or drop off inmate property, place money in an inmate's account and dispose of medication. David Chanen, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Dispose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispose. Accessed 25 Jun. 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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