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dispose

verb dis·pose \ di-ˈspōz \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of dispose

disposed; disposing
transitive verb
1 : to give a tendency to : incline
  • faulty diet disposes one to sickness
2 a : 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

disposer

noun
dispose of
1 : to place, distribute, or arrange especially in an orderly way
  • disposing of the weapons in the new fort
2 a : 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

Examples of dispose in a Sentence

  1. looking for the perfect spot to dispose the new knickknack

  2. disposed the surgical instruments in the exact order in which they would be needed

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Origin and Etymology of dispose

Middle English, from Anglo-French desposer, from Latin disponere to arrange (perfect indicative disposui), from dis- + ponere to put — more at position

Synonym Discussion of dispose

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?

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dispose

noun

Definition of dispose

1 obsolete : disposal
2 obsolete
b : demeanor

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Origin and Etymology of dispose



DISPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

dispose

verb

Definition of dispose for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to be likely to do or have something

  • : to put (someone or something) in a particular position or place


DISPOSE Defined for Kids

dispose

verb dis·pose \ dis-ˈpōz \

Definition of dispose for Students

disposed; disposing
: 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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