Meaning of dispose in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈspəʊz/

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  • 1dispose ofno object Get rid of by throwing away or giving or selling to someone else.

    ‘the waste is disposed of in the North Sea’
    • ‘people now have substantial assets to dispose of after their death’
    • ‘A capital gain is the profit arising to a person when he sells, or disposes of, an asset which he owns.’
    • ‘In the absence of clear evidence that a spouse intends to sell or dispose of an asset or will be forced to do so, a court should not grant a deduction for notional sale or disposition costs.’
    • ‘The rubbish was to be sorted and sold on or disposed of but eventually the waste was merely being dumped and not removed.’
    • ‘If approved, he can sell the license to waste soil dumping companies to dispose of waste soil at the site.’
    • ‘All pigs on those farms are to be destroyed over the next 10 days, and their bodies disposed of as waste material.’
    • ‘Markham told the jury he realised that he didn't have any way of effectively disposing of the body and threw the pieces into bushes before returning to the house.’
    • ‘Both sites were sold as part of Waterford Crystal's programme of disposing of nonessential assets.’
    • ‘In the following years, the business can usually deduct 25 per cent of the remaining value until the cost is written off or the item is sold, disposed of or given away.’
    • ‘Trolleys which remain unclaimed for six weeks will be sold or disposed of.’
    • ‘You cannot sell them or dispose of them without the permission of the finance company.’
    • ‘The fire occurred at approx. 2 o'clock, when a spark from a fire disposing of waste materials ignited a number of buckets containing paint thinner.’
    • ‘In addition, income tax will be due irrespective of whether the shares are disposed of or retained.’
    • ‘I decided to leave the engines on the plane and if a buyer was interested, we would sell the engines and dispose of the airframe.’
    • ‘It also provided the government with the power to sell, or otherwise dispose of the coal.’
    • ‘‘Two years ago we were losing a lot of money in the government business, and we said there is no sense in selling it now or disposing of it now,’ he said,’
    • ‘Pressure-treated lumber is not classified as a hazardous waste material, so the scraps can be disposed of at any landfill.’
    • ‘The exception where a bank would be defeated was if the buyer were fraudulent and sold or otherwise disposed of the goods obtained under a trust receipt to innocent third parties.’
    • ‘Tax is deferred until your spouse ultimately sells the assets or is deemed to have disposed of the assets.’
    • ‘However, the right to sell, or otherwise dispose of, an estate can be limited if the estate owner enters into a covenant to that effect.’
    • ‘Incineration has been used for decades as the magic-bullet solution to disposing of otherwise persistent waste materials.’
    throw away, throw out, cast out, get rid of, do away with, discard, jettison, abandon, eject, unload
    part with, give away, make over, hand over, deliver up, bestow, transfer
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    1. 1.1 informal Kill.
      • ‘all of them have been efficient in disposing of their rivals by deadly means’
      • ‘Farmers forced to sell or dispose of stock due to the dry seasonal conditions may be able to spread or defer their taxable income.’
      • ‘This included the torture of more than 100 women who fled El Salvador and were disposed of by being thrown from helicopters.’
      • ‘We got an inn to spend the night in, but when the owner's wife came into our room with a plate of food, we disposed of her quickly.’
      • ‘He's a crook, that runs a big casino and disposes of people very quickly without the bat of an eyelid.’
      • ‘Jesus was a serious political liability who had to be quickly disposed of;’
      • ‘Under Stalin and the Bolsheviks, any such opposition was impossible and Bishop von Galen would have been quickly disposed of.’
      • ‘The consequences are that a lot of hoggs which would have otherwise gone into the food chain have been disposed of at public expense and there is now a scarcity of sheep meat.’
      • ‘It is cheaper to dispose of prisoners quickly than to keep them locked up for the (comparatively few) years they'll spend in prison.’
      • ‘He's down the list aways but taking into account how quickly they're disposing of our agents, not to mention Mac, I thought that you might want to look into this one.’
      • ‘As the first one reaches me, I engage him in sword play before quickly disposing of him, but not before he gets a quick slice in my arm.’
      • ‘Shocked at how quickly the guards were disposed of, it took Faye a moment to realize that she was being pulled to her feet yet again, only this time without the harshness of the guard.’
      • ‘A group of about 25 infantry rebels formed a line to stop their attack but the mounted units quickly disposed of them losing only 2 of their men.’
      kill, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, do away with, make away with, murder, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute
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    2. 1.2Overcome (a rival or threat)
      ‘the Scottish champions were buoyant after they disposed of English champions Leeds’
      • ‘GHA arrived at Mansfield Park hoping to complete a unique double over Borders rivals, having disposed of Gala a week earlier.’
      • ‘Now Gore has handily disposed of his Democratic rival and has improved in opinion polls against Bush.’
      • ‘Having disposed of their Northern rivals Park now face Midlands club Ampthill.’
      • ‘Marie began her take-over process by disposing of her rival queens…’
      • ‘And Tomek saved me somewhat by disposing of my next-closest threat.’
      • ‘Admittedly, Bean improves rapidly once crowned, and sets about disposing of his rivals with suitable savagery.’
      • ‘And the other side won't have any regrets about disposing of such a threat.’
      • ‘Will Celtic resume business by disposing of their city rivals or will this be the start of a Rangers revival?’
      • ‘He disposed of his rival claimants, and quelled various rebellions that the succession crisis had spawned.’
      • ‘Within these first few seconds, half of the four man threat was already disposed of.’
      • ‘We will unify, to combat this threat and dispose of it forever!’
      • ‘Magnus claimed his share of the earldom, but within a few years Haakon determined to dispose of his political rival.’
      • ‘They had quickly noticed the threat and disposed of him in the most legal of ways: failure at his job.’
      • ‘Nor will the threat to science posed by the Christian fundamentalist movement be disposed of simply through the election of new school boards.’
      • ‘He created a pool of black water to bring her to his fortress so that he could dispose of her, knowing she presented a threat.’
      • ‘Horwich quickly disposed of Farnworth Social Circle for 97 with teenager Gareth Dooley grabbing 6-28.’
      • ‘The last guy was a lightweight with eight wins out of 10 and Alex disposed of him pretty quickly.’
      • ‘Robinson quickly disposed of Graham Hogben but Mead was joined by Mark Lynch and this pair took the score to a commanding 163.’
      • ‘Yorkshire Champion, G I Wilson from Oldham, also reached the final after appearing, quickly disposing of his opponents and disappearing quietly into the night.’
    3. 1.3 informal Consume (food or drink) quickly or enthusiastically.
      • ‘she watched him dispose of a large slice of cheese’
      • ‘Given, though, that many of these beings are incorporeal in nature and will not likely be disposing of the food themselves, this leaves the offerer with a galling dilemma: what is the proper way to clean up after the gods?’
      • ‘Soren stood and grabbed his lunch tray, disposing of the food he hadn't eaten and setting the tray on the small stack of dirty ones already occupying a window in the kitchen.’
      • ‘Shortly after the horrendous cafeteria ‘food’ was disposed of, a familiar cheery voice resounded through the room.’
      consume, eat, eat up, devour, ingest, swallow, gobble, gobble up, wolf down, gorge oneself on, feast on
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  • 2with object Incline (someone) towards a particular activity or mood.

    ‘prolactin, a calming hormone, is released, disposing you towards sleep’
    • ‘personalities that dispose them to be uncooperative and egotistic’
    • ‘Their positions within these new institutions may have disposed them to promote commercial values and made them willing to support the industrial and modernizing social order.’
    • ‘They ease the atmosphere around two people and kindly dispose people to each other.’
    • ‘Natural law theory held the world to consist of a variety of beings and objects whose essence disposed them toward the fulfillment of higher purposes.’
    • ‘Yet some also reflects on the Scottish audiences so much of his work addressed, and on the history which so disposed them towards it.’
    • ‘The first process, self-selection, was created by internal motivational states and/or external incentives that disposed some people to volunteer for treatment.’
    incline, encourage, persuade, predispose, make willing, make, move, prompt, lead, induce, inspire, tempt, motivate, actuate
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  • 3with object and adverbial Arrange in a particular position.

    ‘the chief disposed his attendants in a circle’
    • ‘RyRs are disposed in a tetragonal arrangement, and groups of four DHPRs, or tetrads, are associated with alternate RyRs, forming a related array.’
    • ‘Nor did he put the figures on display in a frontally disposed arrangement.’
    • ‘The base portions are disposed in a matrix arrangement having rows and columns.’
    • ‘Nor, fifthly, would it yield his inquiry more satisfaction, to be answered, that there existed in things a principle of order, which had disposed the parts of the watch into their present form and situation.’
    • ‘Each of the boards was sunk into the PDMS at rates controlled by a range of symmetrically disposed weights.’
    • ‘A pin array is connectively disposed between a surface region of a heat sink and a surface region of an entity to be cooled.’
    • ‘Both proteins are disposed as strings of beads arranged along long pitch longitudinal helices, but the strings of beads for the two proteins are on separate stripes of membrane.’
    • ‘The measuring device is disposed between two magnets that are positioned at a distance from one another.’
    • ‘We told people not to use running streams or rivers as toilet facilities because if the bacteria that carries cholera is disposed in water it grows and spreads faster.’
    • ‘More often than not, offensive operations did not consist in digging continuous trench positions and zones disposed in depth.’
    • ‘Recently, I went to a soccer game in my city on behalf of a newspaper; the fans of the opposing teams had to be separated by hundreds of policemen, disposed in military fashion.’
    • ‘The ‘welcome’ signs, artfully disposed, make it clear that hospitality is merely an allusive flavor; they are in no wise meant to be taken literally.’
    • ‘A first planar electrode layer being transparent is disposed on an inner surface of the first substrate.’
    • ‘A fine particle of metal is disposed on a semiconductor substrate.’
    • ‘Word lines are disposed in parallel, and the main bit line and the ground line cross the word lines.’
    • ‘This block is more frontally disposed, formally clear, and attuned to the wide space in front of the complex than anything already there.’
    • ‘There are two dining rooms, both tightly packed, both with mottled greyish-green walls and bizarrely disposed lumps of varnished pine.’
    • ‘At this time his work was purely abstract, featuring geometrically disposed bars and rectangles in a style close to Mondrian and van Doesburg.’
    arrange, order, place, put, position, orient, array, spread out, range, set up, form, organize, seat, stand
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    1. 3.1 literary no object Determine the course of events.
      ‘the government proposed, but the trade union movement disposed’
      • ‘The Pentagon proposes, the press disposes - albeit within softer confines than prevailed in the Gulf War.’
      • ‘There are a whole lot of proposals, but it is really the Congress that disposes.’
      • ‘The generals may propose, but H5N1 will dispose.’
      • ‘People propose, cops dispose.’


Late Middle English from Old French disposer, from Latin disponere ‘arrange’, influenced by dispositus ‘arranged’ and Old French poser ‘to place’.