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dispose

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verb dis·pose \di-ˈspōz\

Definition of dispose

disposed

disposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a tendency to :  incline <faulty diet disposes one to sickness>

  3. 2 a :  to put in place :  set in readiness :  arrange <disposing troops for withdrawal> b obsolete :  regulate c :  bestow

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to settle a matter finally

  6. 2 obsolete :  to come to terms

disposer

noun

dispose of

  1. 1 :  to place, distribute, or arrange especially in an orderly way

  2. 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>

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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 dis·pose

Definition of dispose

  1. 1 obsolete :  disposal

  2. 2 obsolete a :  disposition b :  demeanor

1590

First Known Use of dispose

1590



DISPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

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dispose

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verb dis·pose \di-ˈspōz\

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

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verb dis·pose \dis-ˈpōz\

Definition of dispose for Students

disposed

disposing

  1. :  to put in place :  arrange <Campsites were disposed around the lake.>

dispose of

  1. 1 :  to finish with <The matter was quickly disposed of.>

  2. 2 :  to get rid of <Please dispose of trash properly.>



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