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 : 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

dispose

noun

Definition of dispose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : disposal
2 obsolete
b : demeanor

Other Words from dispose

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 Other federal statutes may permit the prosecution of people who improperly dispose of presidential records, which are now considered government property. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 Nuclear power can be classified as a sustainable economic activity as long as countries dispose of toxic waste effectively and prevent environmental damage. Laurie Clarke, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 Use a flea comb to groom your pet. Vacuum regularly, and promptly dispose of the bags. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2022 Cut out and dispose of damaged buds, which may still harbor caterpillars. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Michigan and Minnesota reduced PFAS concentrations by adding the chemicals to a program that requires industry to filter and safely dispose of heavy metals before discharging waste into sewers. Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 Bell said Tomlin called a friend and asked to bring over cleaning supplies, and to dispose of the boy's body. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2022 Learn how to safely organize new batteries in your home and properly dispose of the old ones using the following methods. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 July 2022 After the curbside pickup concludes, residents who still need to dispose of leaves in December can participate in the city’s leaf bag collection program. Mike Danahey, chicagotribune.com, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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

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“Dispose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispose. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dispose

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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