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Synonyms of 'dispose'

(verb) 
Definition
to arrange or place in a particular way
He was preparing to dispose his effects about the room.
Synonyms
arrange
He started to arrange the books in piles.
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put
She put her bag on the floor.
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place
Chairs were placed in rows for the parents.
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group
The fact sheets are grouped into seven sections.
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set
A date will be set for a future meeting.
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order
Entries in the book are ordered alphabetically.
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stand
Stand the plant in the open in a sunny, sheltered place.
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range
More than 1,500 police are ranged against them.
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settle
Right, that's settled then.
,
fix
He's fixed a time when I can see him.
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rank
Daffodils were ranked along a crazy paving path.
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array
A number of cups and saucers were arrayed on a side table.
(verb) 
theologies which dispose their adherents to fanaticism
Synonyms
lead
It was not as straightforward as we were led to believe.
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move
The hearings moved me to come up with these suggestions.
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influence
The conference influenced us to launch the campaign.
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prompt
The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
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motivate
His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
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bias
We mustn't allow it to bias our teaching.
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induce
I would do anything to induce them to stay.
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incline
the factors which incline us towards particular beliefs
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predispose
Some factors predispose certain individuals to criminal behaviour.
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actuate
They were actuated by desire.

Phrasal verbs

See dispose of someone

Additional synonyms

in the sense of actuate
Definition
to motivate someone
They were actuated by desire.
in the sense of array
Definition
to arrange in order
A number of cups and saucers were arrayed on a side table.
Synonyms
line up,
draw up,
lay out,
form up,
place in order,
set in line
in the sense of bias
Definition
to cause to have a bias
We mustn't allow it to bias our teaching.

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