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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dispose.

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.


  1. dispose

    In object-oriented programming, the dispose pattern is a design pattern for resource management. In this pattern, a resource is held by an object, and released by calling a conventional method – usually called close, dispose, free, release depending on the language – which releases any resources the object is holding onto. Many programming languages offer language constructs to avoid having to call the dispose method explicitly in common situations. The dispose pattern is primarily used in languages whose runtime environment have automatic garbage collection (see motivation below).


  1. dispose

    Dispose generally means to get rid of something or arrange in a particular way. It can refer to throwing something away, selling or giving it away. It can also mean to make someone inclined or willing towards an action or attitude.

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. Tristram Stuart:

    There is a racket in this country called hidden waste, the surplus costs so much for supermarkets to dispose of that it just gets placed in warehouses and shipping containers. Hopefully, this will be exposed soon and the figures will change dramatically.

  2. 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.

  3. Elizabeth Barnett:

    Families should avoid having direct contact with the animals, should not let the turtle roam freely, should avoid placing animals in sinks, bathtubs or other areas where family members may have contact with them, and should dispose of droppings carefully.

  4. Harrington:

    It is true that men are no fit judges of themselves, because commonly they are partial to their own cause; yet it is as true that he who will dispose himself to judge indifferently of himself can do it better than any body else, because a man can see farther into his own mind and heart than any one else can.

  5. Dewey Bartlett:

    This really is the only way to dispose of the water.

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