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 But workers at the facility, and residents who stop there to dispose of items and find a foul-smelling pile, have complained to Cheh’s office that the mound does indeed contain trash. Washington Post, "Problems at D.C.’s trash transfer stations include structural damage and coronavirus," 22 Dec. 2020 In the 1980s, when three phosphate fertilizer plants in the state were owned by Freeport McMoRan Inc., the company asked the EPA for permission to dispose the waste material in the Mississippi River. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Groups challenge EPA rule allowing roads built with gypsum waste, prevalent in Louisiana," 18 Dec. 2020 The Kentucky Republican's tactical offer is less likely to dispose of the can of worms than to kick it into 2021. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Stimulus deal could block lawsuits over COVID-19 deaths of workers," 9 Dec. 2020 People who violate the provisions in the bill would be guilty of failure to dispose of fetal remains humanely, a first-degree misdemeanor. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio House passes bill requiring burial or cremation of fetuses after abortions," 4 Dec. 2020 To dispose of it, utilities can either transport the waste to a landfill with a protective liner on the bottom or mix it with water in an ash pond without a layer underneath. ProPublica, "A Power Company’s Quiet Land-Buying Spree Could Shield It From Coal Ash Cleanup Costs," 24 Nov. 2020 Researchers have also assembled a clearer picture of what preexisting conditions dispose an individual to higher risk of death from COVID-19, which helps identify society’s most virus-vulnerable populations. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Slow Gains against the Virus," 19 Nov. 2020 As the shell size goes up, so must the casing, and so must the mechanism and the storage area necessary to dispose of them after firing. Kevin Brown, Popular Mechanics, "A Fighter Pilot's Fighter Plane: PM Meets the F-15," 19 Nov. 2020 Thomas Jefferson, the face on the $2 note, inherited 3,000 acres in his teens but died in debt, his slaves mortgaged, after failing to dispose of his stuff by public lottery. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "The painter and the zebra-hunter: what presidents do after leaving office," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watch out for the several tablespoons of unpopped corn and dispose of them separately. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Edible bites for Election Night," 28 Oct. 2020 If any of your trees, shrubs or perennials had serious insect or disease problems during the growing season, rake up those leaves and dispose of them outside your yard. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Winter is coming: Here are 12 do’s and don’ts for preparing your garden for cold weather," 14 Nov. 2020 After that, dispose of the solution, rinse the inside of your electric kettle, and stand in awe of your brand-new-looking appliance. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items," 5 Nov. 2020 Players and coaches were confined to four walls for the entirety of the quarantine, only opening the room door to collect food, get tested for the virus and dispose of rubbish. Ben Church, CNN, "'I've never been so happy to see a piece of bacon.' Surviving two weeks of isolation to play video games," 30 Oct. 2020 Thoroughly clean all snails and/or slugs from the bottom of pots and dispose of them. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Start now to transition tropical plants back inside for the winter," 28 Oct. 2020 Existing wireless chargers will still recharge the iPhone 12 range, but customers are likely going to adopt this new system and dispose of their older accessories. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?," 14 Oct. 2020 The memo also said all DOT employees were reminded to not store personal items at facilities, block entrances, dispose of items without permission or use exercise equipment. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Inspector general: Baltimore City transportation employee stored, sold personal items out of city facility," 7 Oct. 2020 His girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, 22, was arrested and charged with helping to dismember and dispose of Guillen’s body. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Families of Slain Fort Hood Soldiers Vanessa Guillen and Gregory Wedel-Morales Speak Out on '20/20'," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

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