Definition of dispose in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈspōz/


1 [no object] (dispose of) Get rid of by throwing away or giving or selling to someone else: whose responsibility is it to dispose of scrap materials? people now have substantial assets to dispose of after their death
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  • A capital gain is the profit arising to a person when he sells, or disposes of, an asset which he owns.
  • In the absence of clear evidence that a spouse intends to sell or dispose of an asset or will be forced to do so, a court should not grant a deduction for notional sale or disposition costs.
  • The rubbish was to be sorted and sold on or disposed of but eventually the waste was merely being dumped and not removed.
throw away/out, get rid of, discard, jettison, scrap, junk
informal dump, ditch, chuck, trash, deep-six
part with, give away, hand over, deliver up, transfer;
sell, auction
1.1 informal Kill; destroy: her lover came up with hundreds of schemes for disposing of her husband
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  • The case with this, though, is that Ed Gein forced his mother into this situation, immediately killing her afterwards to dispose the evidence.
  • Z button makes Fisher whistle, a helpful addition in order to call enemies to dark places where they can be quietly disposed.
  • They walked in the window and found themselves with three guards, which were quickly disposed of.
1.2Overcome (a rival or threat): team members were buoyant after they disposed of the champions
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  • GHA arrived at Mansfield Park hoping to complete a unique double over Borders rivals, having disposed of Gala a week earlier.
  • Now Gore has handily disposed of his Democratic rival and has improved in opinion polls against Bush.
  • Having disposed of their Northern rivals Park now face Midlands club Ampthill.
1.3 informal Consume (food or drink) quickly or enthusiastically: she watched him dispose of a large slice of cheese
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  • Given, though, that many of these beings are incorporeal in nature and will not likely be disposing of the food themselves, this leaves the offerer with a galling dilemma: what is the proper way to clean up after the gods?
  • Soren stood and grabbed his lunch tray, disposing of the food he hadn't eaten and setting the tray on the small stack of dirty ones already occupying a window in the kitchen.
  • Shortly after the horrendous cafeteria ‘food’ was disposed of, a familiar cheery voice resounded through the room.
2 [with object] Arrange in a particular position: the chief disposed his attendants in a circle
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  • RyRs are disposed in a tetragonal arrangement, and groups of four DHPRs, or tetrads, are associated with alternate RyRs, forming a related array.
  • Nor did he put the figures on display in a frontally disposed arrangement.
  • The base portions are disposed in a matrix arrangement having rows and columns.
arrange, place, put, position, array, set up, form;
marshal, gather, group
2.1Bring (someone) into a particular frame of mind: prolactin is released, disposing you toward sleep cruelty that brutalizes young minds and disposes them to violence
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  • Their positions within these new institutions may have disposed them to promote commercial values and made them willing to support the industrial and modernizing social order.
  • They ease the atmosphere around two people and kindly dispose people to each other.
  • Natural law theory held the world to consist of a variety of beings and objects whose essence disposed them toward the fulfillment of higher purposes.
incline, encourage, persuade, predispose, make willing, prompt, lead, motivate;
sway, influence
2.2 [no object] literary Determine the course of events: the city proposed, but the unions disposed
From the proverb 'Man proposes, (but) God disposes', translating Latin Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit (Thomas à Kempis's De Imitatione Christ i. xix)
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  • The Pentagon proposes, the press disposes - albeit within softer confines than prevailed in the Gulf War.
  • There are a whole lot of proposals, but it is really the Congress that disposes.
  • The generals may propose, but H5N1 will dispose.



Pronunciation: /dəˈspōzər/
a waste disposer a disposer of grants and subsidies
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  • Among the accessories were cookware and crockery, trolleys and storage racks, dustbins and garbage disposers, carpets and cleaning supplies, kitchen hardware and ventilators.
  • Today's garbage disposers are efficient, safe, virtually trouble-free devices that anyone who knows how to use a screwdriver and wrench can install in a few hours.
  • It is putting pressure on the government to speed up enforcement action against noncompliant disposers and managers of waste.


Late Middle English: from Old French disposer, from Latin disponere 'arrange', influenced by dispositus 'arranged' and Old French poser 'to place'.

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Syllabification: dis·pose

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