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 Text in this trash heap had been stripped of punctuation and capitalization after being disposed. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, "The Mechanical Muse," 7 Jan. 2020 The health department’s complaint stated that sewage and gray water, wastewater from bathtubs and sinks, were being disposed of on the ground and posed a danger to the general public’s health. Spencer Durham, Detroit Free Press, "ACLU of Michigan takes up cases of 14 Amish families under scrutiny in Lenawee County," 19 Dec. 2019 Kane & Lombard Street Drums, where household, construction and industrial wastes were disposed of from 1962 to 1984, in Baltimore. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Climate change threatens four polluted ‘Superfund’ sites in Baltimore region, GAO report says," 25 Nov. 2019 Experts are worried that many of those wells could be near old landfills, airports, industrial sites and firefighting training schools where PFAS chemicals have been used or where they were disposed. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "A Canton elementary school’s water supply is being tested after it could have been contaminated by chemical firefighting foam," 13 Nov. 2019 His remains were disposed of properly, Milley said without elaborating. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Top dog: Hero K9 of al-Baghdadi raid returns to duty after treatment (and presumably treats)," 28 Oct. 2019 Explain why you either support or oppose the following proposals: Riverside and Northland: This is an item presently before the city council and most likely will be disposed of before the new board takes over. BostonGlobe.com, "Who are the City Council candidates in Newton’s Ward 1?," 22 Oct. 2019 However, losing at half-time, some reports claimed that the manager was close to being disposed of during the break, and the result was not glossy enough to take away from the shortcomings in performance. SI.com, "Marco Giampaolo Set to Be Sacked by AC Milan With Stefano Pioli Poised to Take Over," 8 Oct. 2019 The presence of these statues has been devastating New York women like me for far too long, and the city should spare no time, expense, or resource in assuring that they are disposed of immediately. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "NYC Commissioner Wants to Remove Statues of Men. It’s about Time.," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dispose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disposed. Accessed 17 January 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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