in·​dis·​pose ˌin-di-ˈspōz How to pronounce indispose (audio)
indisposed; indisposing

transitive verb

: to make unfit : disqualify
: to make averse : disincline
archaic : to cause to be in poor physical health

Examples of indispose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Lenny Belardo now indisposed, the Vatican must vote for a replacement. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 23 Jan. 2020 Still, recording devices are hidden in shoes, wallets, bags, bathroom walls, door hinges, and more in an attempt to record women when they are indisposed. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, 12 June 2018 His next project was this one with Alan, and then Alan became indisposed, but Alan dealt with that privately. Tom Philip, GQ, 8 Sep. 2017 But the performance boasted an impressive cast, especially a star-is-born debut of a young soprano, Evgenia Muraveva, who replaced an indisposed Nina Stemme in the title role. Mark Swed,, 4 Sep. 2017 The solos by concertmaster Robert Chen and guest principal oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida of the Pittsburgh Symphony (deputizing for Alex Klein, who was announced as being indisposed) were sensitively taken. John Von Rhein,, 5 May 2017 Ping, ping, the wicked witch is dead, or at least currently indisposed. George Diaz,, 28 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


probably back-formation from indisposed

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of indispose was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Indispose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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