dispose of


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,
to deal with conclusively; settle.
to get rid of; discard.
to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
to do away with; destroy.

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French disposer, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + poser to place (see pose1), on the model of Latin dispōnere

disposingly, adverb
redispose, verb (used with object), redisposed, redisposing.

dispose, disperse.
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dispose (dɪˈspəʊz)
vb (foll by of) (often foll by to)
1.  a.  to deal with or settle
 b.  to give, sell, or transfer to another
 c.  to throw out or away
 d.  to consume, esp hurriedly
 e.  to kill
2.  to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final condition: man proposes, God disposes
3.  (tr) to make willing or receptive
4.  (tr) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
5.  to accustom or condition
6.  disposal an obsolete word for disposition
[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 & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. disposer (infl. by poser "to place"), from O.Fr. despondre, from L. disponere "put in order, arrange," from dis- "apart" + ponere "to put, place" (see position).
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Idioms & Phrases

dispose of

  1. Attend to, settle, deal with, as in He quickly disposed of the problem. [Early 1600s]

  2. Transfer, part with, as by giving away or selling. For example, They wanted to dispose of the land as soon as possible. [Second half of 1600s]

  3. Get rid of, throw out, as in Can we dispose of the trash in this barrel? Oliver Goldsmith had this idiom in She Stoops to Conquer (1773): "I'm disposing of the husband before I have secured the lover." [Mid-1600s]

  4. Kill or destroy; also, humorously, consume. For example, The king was determined to dispose of his enemies, or John disposed of the cake in no time. [Second half of 1800s]

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