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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
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)
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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