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 In 2012, Cudahy began a pay-as-you-go system of $10 per truckload at the drop-off site, which only covered a third of the cost to dispose of it. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cudahy's mayor promised to expand direct access to the dump. His new proposal would reduce it.," 27 Nov. 2019 Much of the plastic is unwanted, low-grade material and Indonesia has no good way to dispose of it. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic," 14 Nov. 2019 According to the National Funeral Directors Association, cremation is now the most popular way to dispose of a body. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Meet the Illinois folks who collect and drive hearses: ‘I am into the morbid side of life’," 29 Oct. 2019 But others have asked us for a safe way to dispose of or to donate their bricks. David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Saving the planet, with Lego bricks and miniature shampoo bottles," 14 Oct. 2019 But others have asked us for a safe way to dispose of or to donate their bricks. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Hero dogs, goat yoga and a giant pumpkin!," 12 Oct. 2019 The British military uses nearby land to dispose of expired ammunition, explains site manager Rachel Fancy. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, the tower has ignited another public policy debate — this time revolving around the best way to dispose of public property. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Saga of empty Cambridge courthouse tower enters a new chapter," 12 Aug. 2019 Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to Pelican on Sunday to load the carcass onto a boat to dispose of it, Adams said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear shot dead after getting into the kitchen of a Southeast Alaska lodge," 4 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police charged two other men with either helping dispose of evidence or hindering the investigation. CBS News, "UFC star Walt Harris pens heart-wrenching "thank you" to slain stepdaughter," 28 Nov. 2019 These courtrooms, the busiest in the state, dispose of hundreds of thousands of misdemeanor criminal cases and civil disputes each year. Joseph Cranney, ProPublica, "These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year," 27 Nov. 2019 Located north of State Road 436, south of Welch Road and east of Thompson Road, the neighborhoods depend on septic systems to treat and dispose of waste that sewers would flush away. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Wekiva septic conversion stinks for homeowners but it may save the springs," 1 Nov. 2019 On a single day, Associated Press reporters watched a team dispose of 10 mines in the forests of Hadath el-Jebbeh. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests," 27 Sep. 2019 Stephens ripped a career-tying 23 kills to help the Seawolves dispose of Saint Martin’s in four sets 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20. Anchorage Daily News, "Sophomores shine in latest UAA volleyball victory," 22 Sep. 2019 Hamby ordered Alexander, Brown and Kenney to help clean up the crime scene and dispose of Guthrie’s body, prosecutors say. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Two men sentenced to 12 years, probation in connection with murder of 18-year-old Akron woman," 23 Oct. 2019 Residents will have one-way access to dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medications in a safe manner at no cost. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland PD offering safe place to dispose of drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 After several weeks of negotiation, NordicTrack agreed — but made her dispose of the machine herself. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Problem Solved: Help! My NordicTrack keeps freezing up and no one can fix it," 25 Aug. 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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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dispose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispose?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dispos04. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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