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[dih-spohz] /dɪˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), disposed, disposing.
to give a tendency or inclination to; incline:
His temperament disposed him to argue readily with people.
to put in a particular or the proper order or arrangement; adjust by arranging the parts.
to put in a particular or suitable place:
The lamp was disposed on a table nearby.
to make fit or ready; prepare:
Your words of cheer dispose me for the task.
verb (used without object), disposed, disposing.
to arrange or decide matters:
to do as God disposes.
Obsolete. to make terms.
Archaic. disposition; habit.
Obsolete. arrangement; regulation; disposal.
Verb phrases
dispose of,
  1. to deal with conclusively; settle.
  2. to get rid of; discard.
  3. to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
  4. to do away with; destroy.
Origin of dispose
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French disposer, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + poser to place (see pose1), on the model of Latin dispōnere
Related forms
disposingly, adverb
redispose, verb (used with object), redisposed, redisposing.
Can be confused
dispose, disperse. Unabridged
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  • Since games are systems, playing them can dispose learners to think in systematic ways.
  • Rake up and dispose of dead leaves, since fungus spores can overwinter on them.
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  • Begin by maligning, hot-seating, and hopefully dispose of any academic who does not follow the script.
  • Different countries dispose of their rubbish in different ways.
  • As you dispose of the container from your frozen dinner, you notice a number on the bottom of the package.
British Dictionary definitions for dispose


(intransitive) foll by of
  1. to deal with or settle
  2. to give, sell, or transfer to another
  3. to throw out or away
  4. to consume, esp hurriedly
  5. to kill
to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final condition: man proposes, God disposes
(transitive) to make willing or receptive
(transitive) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
(transitive) often foll by to. to accustom or condition
an obsolete word for disposal, disposition
Derived Forms
disposer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French disposer, from Latin dispōnere to set in different places, arrange, from dis-1 + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for dispose

late 14c., from Old French disposer (13c.) "arrange, order, control, regulate" (influenced in form by poser "to place"), from Latin disponere "put in order, arrange, distribute," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Related: Disposed; disposing.

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