Definition of disposal in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈspəʊz(ə)l/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of getting rid of something: the disposal of radioactive waste [count noun]: consents for disposals at sea
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  • Such a demonstration is essential to establishing informed public perceptions about the safety of nuclear waste disposal as an industrial process.
  • As plastic objects manufactured and distributed by the millions, rock and roll CDs and their containers are implicated in the process of waste disposal.
  • The expansion may boost an industry that stagnated in North America and Western Europe because of concern about safety and disposal of radioactive waste.
throwing away, getting rid of, discarding, jettisoning, ejection, scrapping, destruction
informal dumping, ditching, chucking, chucking out, chucking away
1.1 [count noun] North American informal A device fitted to the waste pipe of a kitchen sink for grinding up food waste: garbage disposals that never worked
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  • When we bought the dishwasher we also bought a garbage disposal because a new dishwasher won't work without one.
  • I am installing a dishwasher and a garbage disposal in my home.
  • Yes, they are, and I'm sure power grids endured redlining surges as garbage disposals clean up the treacly detritus en masse.
1.2The action of overcoming a rival or threat: England’s 4-0 disposal of Turkey
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  • Barcelona all but ensured qualification from Group E of the Champions League with a clinical disposal of Rangers.
2The sale of shares, property, or other assets: the disposal of his shares in the company [count noun]: disposals of fixed and non-current assets
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  • The Defence Act defines these items as Commonwealth property and their disposal by private sale is forbidden.
  • The Ministry of Proprietary Relations of the Russian Federation is the federal executive body responsible for management and disposal of the state property.
  • Stamp duty on disposal of shares is lower than stamp duty on transfer of property.
distribution, handing out, giving out, giving away, allotment, allocation, donation, transfer, transference, making over, conveyance, bestowal, bequest;
3 literary The arrangement of something: she brushed her hair carefully, as if her success lay in the sleek disposal of each gleaming black thread
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  • I have an open mind as to whether a hospital order is the right disposal in the end.
  • Andersen said Duncan called an urgent meeting to organize the quick disposal of Enron-related documents.
  • Brady has made detailed arrangements for his funeral and the disposal of letters sent to him by Hindley.
arrangement, arranging, ordering, positioning, placement, lining up, setting up, organization, disposition;
marshalling, mustering, grouping, gathering;
Military  dressing



at one's disposal

Available for one to use whenever or however one wishes: a helicopter was put at their disposal
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  • Clearly, art is a question of what one does with the resources at one's disposal.
  • Ah, the wonders of an endless treasury at one's disposal.
  • He really didn't want to discuss the virtues and vices of having a female body at one's disposal with his far more hormone-driven best friend.
for use by, in reserve for, in the hands of, in the possession of, within the reach of, within easy reach of, at someone's fingertips

at someone's disposal

Ready to assist the person concerned in any way they wish: I am at your disposal until Sunday
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  • It says something about the quality of players at Antonio Oliveira 's disposal when a side who haven't even qualified for the World Cup in 16 years are being tipped, albeit as an outside bet, to lift the trophy that is coveted around the globe.
  • The little striker, one of five at Bobby Williamson 's disposal, ran at Celtic with refreshing confidence, and might have scored had his fierce shot from 25 yards not soared wide of the left-hand post.
  • And after becoming the only senior striker at Steve Cotterill 's disposal ahead of tomorrow's tasty Turf Moor clash with Liverpool, Moore now has the Reds fixed firmly in his sights.

Words that rhyme with disposal

proposal, counterproposal

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