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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposeverb

    give, sell, or transfer to another

    "She disposed of her parents' possessions"

  2. discard, fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put awayverb

    throw or cast away

    "Put away your worries"

  3. dispose, inclineverb

    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief

    "Their language inclines us to believe them"

  4. disposeverb

    place or put in a particular order

    "the dots are unevenly disposed"

  5. qualify, disposeverb

    make fit or prepared

    "Your education qualifies you for this job"


  1. disposeverb

    To eliminate or to get rid of something.

    I dispose of my trash in the garbage can.

  2. disposeverb

    To distribute and put in place.

  3. disposeverb

    To deal out; to assign to a use.

  4. disposeverb

    To incline

    In these uncertain times, I am disposed towards caution. (Used here intransitively in the passive voice)

  5. Etymology: From disposer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disposenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    All that is mine I leave at thy dispose;
    My goods, my lands, my reputation. William Shakespeare.

    It shall be my task
    To render thee the Parthian at dispose. John Milton, Parad. Reg.

    Of all your goodness leaves to our dispose,
    Our liberty’s the only gift we chuse. John Dryden, Indian Emp.

    All is best, though oft we doubt
    What th’ unsearchable dispose
    Of highest wisdom brings about,
    And ever best found in the close. John Milton, Agonistes.

    He hath a person, and a smooth dispose,
    To be suspected; fram’d to make women false. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    He carries on the stream of his dispose
    Without observance or respect of any,
    In will peculiar. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressid.

  2. To DISPOSEverb

    Etymology: disposer, French; dispono, Latin.

    Thus whilst she did her various pow’r dispose,
    The world was free from tyrants, wars, and woes. Matthew Prior.

    Yet see, when noble benefits shall prove
    Not well dispos’d, the mind grown once corrupt,
    They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly
    Than ever they were fair. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Of what you gathered, as most your own, you have disposed much in works of publick piety. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Endure, and conquer; Jove will soon dispose,
    To future good, our past and present woes. John Dryden, Virgil.

    These, when the knights beheld, they ’gan dispose
    Themselves to court, and each a damsel chose. Fai. Queen.

    But if thee list unto the court to throng,
    And there to haunt after the hoped prey,
    Then must thou thee dispose another way. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    The memory of what they had suffered, by being without it, easily disposed them to do this. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    He knew the seat of Paradise,
    And, as he was dispos’d, could prove it
    Below the moon, or else above it. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 1.

    This disposes men to believe what it teaches, to follow what it advises. William Temple.

    A man might do this now, if he were maliciously disposed, and had a mind to bring matters to extremity. John Dryden, Spa. Fry.

    This may dispose me, perhaps, for the reception of truth; but helps me not to it. John Locke.

    Although the frequency of prayer and fasting may be of no efficacy to dispose God to be more gracious, yet it is of great use to dispose us to be more objects of his grace. George Smalridge.

    If mere moralists find themselves disposed to pride, lust, intemperance, or avarice, they do not think their morality concerned to check them. Jonathan Swift.

    Wak’d by the cries, th’ Athenian chief arose,
    The knightly forms of combat to dispose. John Dryden, Fables.

    All men are naturally in a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature. John Locke.

    Dispose of the meat with the butler, or any other crony. Jonathan Swift.

    As she is mine, I may dispose of her;
    Which shall be either to this gentleman,
    Or to her death. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    I have disposed of her to a man of business, who will let her see, that to be well dressed in good humour, and chearful in her family, are the arts and sciences of female life. Tatler.

    A rural judge dispos’d of beauty’s prize. Edmund Waller.

    The lot is cast unto the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. Prov. xvi. 33.

    They must receive instructions how to dispose of themselves when they come, which must be in the nature of laws unto them. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    For the remaining doubt,
    What to resolve, and how dispose of me,
    Be warn’d to cast that useless care aside. John Dryden, Fables.

    They require more water than can be found, and more than can be disposed of, if it was found. Thomas Burnet, Th. of Earth.

  3. To Disposeverb

    To bargain; to make terms. Obsolete.

    When she saw you did suspect
    She had dispos’d with Cæsar, and that your rage
    Would not be purg’d, she sent word she was dead. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disposeverb

    to distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent

  2. Disposeverb

    to regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine

  3. Disposeverb

    to deal out; to assign to a use; to bestow for an object or purpose; to apply; to employ; to dispose of

  4. Disposeverb

    to give a tendency or inclination to; to adapt; to cause to turn; especially, to incline the mind of; to give a bent or propension to; to incline; to make inclined; -- usually followed by to, sometimes by for before the indirect object

  5. Disposeverb

    to exercise finally one's power of control over; to pass over into the control of some one else, as by selling; to alienate; to part with; to relinquish; to get rid of; as, to dispose of a house; to dispose of one's time

  6. Disposeverb

    to bargain; to make terms

  7. Disposenoun

    disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control

  8. Disposenoun

    cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dispose

    dis-pōz′, v.t. to arrange: to distribute: to apply to a particular purpose: to make over by sale, gift, &c.: to bestow: to incline.—n. disposal, management: behaviour, disposition.—adj. Dispos′able.—n. Dispos′al, the act of disposing: order: arrangement: management: right of bestowing.—p.adj. Disposed′, inclined, of a certain disposition (with well, ill, &c.).—adv. Dispos′edly, in good order: with measured steps.—n. Dispos′er.—p.adj. Dispos′ing, that disposes.—adv. Dispos′ingly.—Dispose of, to place in any condition: to apply to any purpose: to part with: to get rid of: to sell. [Fr. disposer, dis—L. dis, asunder, poser, to place.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dispose

    To dispose cannon, is to place it in such a manner that its discharge may do the greatest mischief.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dispose' in Verbs Frequency: #846

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispose in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dispose in a Sentence

  1. Leroy Chiao:

    It takes money to shut contracts off, dispose of hardware, kind of blend everything back in. So, you’re going to be spending money for a few years.

  2. Haley Coles:

    In Arizona, there's no standard free place for people to dispose of their syringes. when people call into the state, they're told to put them in the trash, the more syringe service programs we have, the more places, we will have for people to dispose of those syringes. What's important about the law to is it protects people who are traveling with their used syringes from being arrested with those used syringes if they can prove that they are a member of a program, and that is how we're able to incentivize people to come back to bring their syringes to us.

  3. Simone Weil:

    Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being and only suffering teaches him this.

  4. Ryan Pack:

    Why do people keep things? Because they need them, because they want them, because they're too afraid to get rid of them, because they're too lazy to discard them, because they don't have the time to dispose of them, because they just don't care enough to remove them, because they are unable to shed them for some reason.

  5. Jeffrey Lewis:

    The key piece of evidence is that the facility is operating a' burn pit' to dispose of solid-propellant leftover from the production of ballistic missiles, casting rocket motors results in leftover propellant, which is an explosive hazard. Solid-propellant missile production facilities often have burn pits where leftover propellant can be disposed of by burning. Burn operations are, therefore, a strong signature that the facility is actively casting solid rocket motors.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. equivalent
    • B. indiscernible
    • C. butch
    • D. contagious

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