Synonyms & Antonyms of dispose

1 to arrange something in a certain spot or position
  • looking for the perfect spot to dispose the new knickknack

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2 to put into a particular arrangement
  • disposed the surgical instruments in the exact order in which they would be needed

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How is the word dispose different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of dispose are bias, incline, and predispose. While all these words mean "to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something," dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something.

her nature disposes her to trust others

When might bias be a better fit than dispose?

The synonyms bias and dispose are sometimes interchangeable, but bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice.

the experience biased him against foreigners

When can incline be used instead of dispose?

The words incline and dispose are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions.

I incline to agree

Where would predispose be a reasonable alternative to dispose?

Although the words predispose and dispose have much in common, 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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The first known use of dispose was in the 14th century

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“Dispose.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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