1. phrasal verb If you dispose of something that you no longer want or need, you throw it away. get rid of [V P n] ⇒ Just fold up the nappy and dispose of it in the normal manner. [V P n] ⇒ ...the safest means of disposing of nuclear waste. [V P n] ⇒ Engine oil cannot be disposed of down drains. 2. phrasal verb If you dispose of a problem, task, or question, you deal with it. [V P n] ⇒ You did us a great favour by disposing of that problem. [V P n] ⇒ The justices have been arguing about how the case should be disposed of. 3. phrasal verb → dispose To dispose of a person or an animal means to kill them. [formal] [V P n] ⇒ He alleged that they had hired an assassin to dispose of him.
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