dispose

verb
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

dispose

noun

Definition of dispose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : disposal
2 obsolete

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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 If that happens, probably the best strategy is to vacuum them up and dispose of them in the trash. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: How can I get rid of mushrooms in the yard that sickened my dog?," 3 Nov. 2019 Investigators believe Nichols also destroyed and disposed of the laptop containing SCBA’s historical financial information. Sarah Hager, Cincinnati.com, "Woman who admitted to stealing money from youth team for Disney trip sentenced," 30 Oct. 2019 Be sure to pick up and dispose of any leaves that may have fallen on the ground. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Yellowing basil leaves could mean downy mildew," 26 Aug. 2019 Consumers who don't want to return the beer should refrigerate it or carefully dispose of it. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lakefront Brewery recalls bottles of My Turn Junk because they might explode," 15 Aug. 2019 Among the properties auctioned on Sunday included a ranch surrounded by acres of land and a luxury apartment where an unidentified cartel leader was killed and disposed of by his brothers. Fox News, "Mexico auctions drug lord's luxury apartments, safe houses to help fund poor communities," 24 June 2019 Christensen cut off her head and disposed of the body, which has never been found. CBS News, "Doctoral student's defense lawyers in trial of Chinese scholar's brutal death: He did it," 13 June 2019 Judge Sampson’s order prohibits representatives of Ashkenazy from entering or disposing of the property or collecting income from it. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Judge takes Baltimore's Harborplace out of owner's control, paving way for possible sale," 3 June 2019 The stuff was triple-bagged and disposed of in a restaurant's dumpster. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: Daughters learn gut-wrenching secret through DNA testing," 13 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hamby ordered Alexander, Brown and Kenney to help clean up the crime scene and dispose of Guthrie’s body, prosecutors say. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Two men sentenced to 12 years, probation in connection with murder of 18-year-old Akron woman," 23 Oct. 2019 Residents will have one-way access to dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted medications in a safe manner at no cost. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland PD offering safe place to dispose of drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 After several weeks of negotiation, NordicTrack agreed — but made her dispose of the machine herself. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Problem Solved: Help! My NordicTrack keeps freezing up and no one can fix it," 25 Aug. 2019 Recycle cups if possible, and dispose of the straws in the trash. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Build a Blood-Flow Model," 15 Aug. 2019 After several weeks of negotiation, NordicTrack agreed — but made her dispose of the machine herself. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Problem Solved: Help! My NordicTrack keeps freezing up and no one can fix it," 25 Aug. 2019 To counter the spread of the Toxoplasma parasite, humans can keep their cats indoors, properly dispose of waste, and prevent their pets from killing potentially infected birds and rodents. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Parasite Spread by House Cats Is Killing California’s Sea Otters," 30 Aug. 2019 After several weeks of negotiation, NordicTrack agreed — but made her dispose of the machine herself. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, "Problem Solved: Help! My NordicTrack keeps freezing up and no one can fix it," 25 Aug. 2019 After several weeks of negotiation, NordicTrack agreed — but made her dispose of the machine herself. Christopher Elliott, courant.com, "Problem Solved: Her NordicTrack keeps freezing up," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of dispose was in the 14th century

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dispose

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of dispose

formal
: 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 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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