dispose

verb
dis·​pose | \ di-ˈspōz \
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 obsolete : regulate
c : bestow

intransitive verb

1 : to settle a matter finally
2 obsolete : to come to terms
dispose of
1 : to place, distribute, or arrange especially in an orderly way disposing of the weapons in the new fort
2a : 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

dispose

noun

Definition of dispose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : disposal

2 obsolete

b : demeanor

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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

Although all Gryphons and their launch vehicles were disposed of by 1991 the Tomahawk missile itself is still in production. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Killing the INF Treaty Could Spur New Generation of Missiles," 23 Oct. 2018 If not, the city or county will have a place to drop them off, so there's no need to dispose of them illegally. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 The old light-water reactors that serve America's grid today create nuclear waste that's politically impossible to dispose of. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "A good announcement and a bad announcement for two nuclear-energy startups," 26 Sep. 2018 This left Iowa farmers struggling to dispose of 26 million dead birds. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "How 3.4 million chickens drowned in Hurricane Florence," 24 Sep. 2018 Jeffrey Richardson, 66, turned himself in on Friday and was charged with three counts of neglect of an animal, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of failure to dispose of a deceased animal, a level 6 felony. Indianapolis Star, "Bloomington man charged after two horses are found dead and third ‘severely emaciated’," 18 June 2018 The bills range from efforts to explore non-addictive alternatives for pain to easier ways to dispose of extra opioid pills to better data sharing of a patient's medical records with health care providers. Wayne Drash, CNN, "This is how lawmakers plan to end the opioid crisis," 20 Mar. 2018 Don’t support the unmitigated right to dispose of unwanted unborn children? Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The March for Life Is the Real March for Women," 19 Jan. 2018 Based on a survey of people who inject drugs, the researchers also concluded that those in Miami had more than 34 times the adjusted odds to improperly dispose of syringes in public than those in San Francisco. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That has been central to a decadeslong battle over the EPA’s role in regulating how much carbon industrial businesses dispose of into the atmosphere. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "EPA Is Set to Roll Back Restrictions on Coal-Burning Power Plants," 18 Aug. 2018 Investigators believe Boswell, who lived with Trail, helped him dismember Loofe and dispose of her remains. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Nebraska couple charged with brutally murdering, dismembering Tinder date," 12 June 2018 When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag & dispose of outside in a covered trash can. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Best tips to stay safe when using fireworks," 4 July 2018 To prevent intentional or unintentional overexposure to these medications, Alexander also suggests that parents store them in a safe place and dispose of any unused medications. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%, study suggests," 21 May 2018 The take-make-dispose model has not only environmental but also economic and social costs, new research shows. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 Gambino dances away, appearing unconcerned, as children dispose of the evidence. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "'This is America' makes us uncomfortable, in a good way | Solomon Jones," 8 May 2018 Reynolds and his sister Cyril (a superb Lesley Manville), who runs the business side of the House of Woodcock, dispose of a pretty woman early on for the crime of wanting his attention (and disrupting breakfast by offering him an unwanted pastry). Lindsey Bahr, kansascity, "Day-Lewis fashions a compelling portrait of a genius in ‘Phantom Thread’," 18 Jan. 2018 When finished, dispose of fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can away from buildings until the following day. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "How to Stay Safe While Setting Off Fireworks This July 4th," 4 July 2018

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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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dispose

verb

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

dispose

verb
dis·​pose | \ dis-ˈpōz \
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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