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dispose

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verb dis·pose \di-ˈspōz\

Definition of dispose

disposed

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disposing

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

  3. 2a :  to put in place :  set in readiness :  arrange disposing troops for withdrawalb obsolete :  regulatec :  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 disposing of the weapons in the new fort

  2. 2a :  to transfer to the control of another disposing of personal property to a total strangerb (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 :  dispositionb :  demeanor

Origin and Etymology of dispose

see 1dispose


First Known Use: 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

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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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