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

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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 Ehrmantraut locates Ziegler at a resort and is taking him back to the lab when an angered Fring informs his fixer over the phone that the foreman must be disposed of. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, "Win or lose, Jonathan Banks is amped for the Emmys: ‘Hell, it’s a great meal’," 17 Sep. 2019 Americans seldom encounter the scientists ensuring their water stays clean or that nuclear waste is properly disposed of. The Economist, "The federal bureaucracies were already creaking," 7 Sep. 2019 The state prohibits residents from disposing of these items in the trash. chicagotribune.com, "Letter: Township road district provides value to residents," 29 Aug. 2019 The agency and the Environment Ministry plan to make subsidies for disposing of waste that washes ashore also available for the waste that fishing vessels collect. BostonGlobe.com, "Japan to subsidize fishermen’s disposal of ocean plastic," 16 July 2019 Police are using hydraulic machines to crush the gun barrels and firing mechanisms of the weapons that are handed in, rendering them inoperable, before disposing of them. NBC News, "Four months after Christchurch shooting, New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money," 13 July 2019 Instead, drop the tick into rubbing alcohol before disposing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Tick," 13 June 2019 Hull police said in a tweet, adding that this is a good reminder to always properly dispose of trash. BostonGlobe.com, "A brave police officer rescued a baby skunk that was walking in the middle of the road with a cup on its head early Friday morning in Hull, officials said.," 14 Sep. 2019 Other ways to dispose of medications There are a number of ways to get rid of prescription drugs in your home. Chase Hunter, azcentral, "Tempe high schools turn opioids into goo with help of drug disposal company," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The uprising tied to the Arab Spring of 2011 that opposed Yemen’s authoritarian government was aimed at ushering in a more inclusive state and dispose of problems such as corruption and food shortages. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "As top allies scale back in Yemen, Saudi Arabia faces prospect of an unwinnable war," 11 Aug. 2019 In August, the state environmental agency ordered 1411 Division Street to hire a licensed contractor to remove demolition debris by the end of that month and properly dispose of waste. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "State sues owner of historic West Baltimore asylum, alleging illegal demolition spread asbestos into air," 2 July 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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3 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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