• (GA) IPA: /dɪsˈpoʊz/
  • (RP) IPA: /dɪˈspəʊz/

dispose (disposes, present participle disposing; past and past participle disposed)

  1. (intransitive, used with "of") To eliminate or to get rid of something.
    I dispose of my trash in the garbage can.
  2. To distribute or arrange; to put in place.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, Henry V (play), act 4, scene III
      Now, dear soldiers, march away: / And how thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 6
      Marianne’s pianoforte was unpacked and properly disposed of, and Elinor’s drawing were affixed to the walls of their sitting rooms.
    • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 47:
      I sat down within three feet of the entrance door, and I had no sooner got disposed than the door opened and a man came in […] .
  3. To deal out; to assign to a use.
    • what he designed to bestow on her funeral, he would rather dispose among the poor
  4. To incline.
    In these uncertain times, I am disposed towards caution. (Used here intransitively in the passive voice)
    • Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose / To future good our past and present woes.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Suspicion
      They [suspicions] dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      At twilight in the summer […] the mice come out. They […] eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly […] on the floor.
  5. (obsolete) To bargain; to make terms.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      She had disposed with Caesar.
  6. (obsolete) To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine.
    • the knightly forms of combat to dispose
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  1. (obsolete) The disposal or management of something.
  2. (obsolete) Behaviour; disposition.

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