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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
dis•pose /dɪˈspoʊz/USA pronunciation
v. ,-posed, -pos•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dispose of, [~ + of + object]
- [ ~ + obj] to give a tendency or inclination to;
incline :His temperament disposed him to argue.
- [ ~ + obj] to put in a particular order or arrangement:disposed his troops along the southern border.
- to deal with conclusively; settle:Let's dispose of this matter once and for all.
- to get rid of;
discard or destroy:Dispose of the waste papers in this bin.
- to give away or sell:His property holdings will be disposed of in his will.
(di spōz′), v., -posed, -pos•ing, n.
- 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.
- to arrange or decide matters:to do as God disposes.
- [Obs.]to make terms.
- to deal with conclusively;
- to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
- to do away with;
- Middle French disposer, equivalent. to dis- dis-1 + poser to place (see pose1), on the model of Latin dispōnere
- Middle English 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dispose /dɪˈspəʊz/ vb
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French disposer, from Latin dispōnere to set in different places, arrange, from dis-1 + pōnere to placedisˈposer n
- (intransitive) followed by of: to deal with or settle
- to give, sell, or transfer to another
- to throw out or away
- to consume, esp hurriedly
- to kill
- to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final condition
- (transitive) to make willing or receptive
- (transitive) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
- (transitive) often followed by to: to accustom or condition