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dispose (dɪˈspəʊz Pronunciation for dispose



  1. (intransitive) foll by of
    1. to deal with or settle
    2. to give, sell, or transfer to another
    3. to throw out or away
    4. to consume, esp hurriedly
    5. to kill
  2. to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final condition   ⇒ man proposes, God disposes
  3. (transitive) to make willing or receptive
  4. (transitive) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
  5. (transitive) often foll by to to accustom or condition


  1. an obsolete word for disposal, disposition

Derived Forms

disˈposer noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French disposer, from Latin dispōnere to set in different places, arrange, from dis-1 + pōnere to place

Example Sentences Including 'dispose'

An ordinary chemical reaction, any chemical reaction at all, would have to dispose of all isotopes just about equally.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
Arriva has no plans to dispose of its car distribution arm, the other part surviving from the old Cowie business.
Independent (1998)
FOE, whose interests include Harland & Wolff, announced in February it intended to dispose of its stake in Titanic Quarter.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
Leftover chemicals are dangerous to handle and expensive to dispose of.
New Scientist (1999)
Neither man mentioned another possible reason for Hämmerli's wish to dispose of his birds.
Tony Juniper SPIX'S MACAW: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird (2002)
People who have baby walkers are being asked to permanently dismantle and dispose of them.
canada.com (2004)
The average body has thirty pounds of fat, representing 100,000 calories, to dispose of.
Holford, Patrick The Family Nutrition Workbook
The rejuvenated Senators went on to win in double overtime and dispose of the Islanders in five games.
Globe and Mail (2003)
We were instructed to dispose of her remains in whatever spot we considered most suitable.
Harris, Elizabeth Time of the Wolf


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