Share this entry

Share this page

dispose

Syllabification: dis·pose
Pronunciation: /dəˈspōz
 
/

Definition of dispose in English:

verb

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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)]
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

disposer

1
noun
a waste disposer a disposer of grants and subsidies
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of dispose in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing