- (transitive) To get rid of.
- They disposed of the stolen property.
- The national power committee has trouble disposing of nuclear waste.
- 1899 March, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number MI, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524 ↗, part II:
- ‘Yes,’ answered the manager; ‘he sent his assistant down the river with a note to me in these terms: “Clear this poor devil out of the country, and don’t bother sending more of that sort. I had rather be alone than have the kind of men you can dispose of with me.”
- (transitive) To transfer to another's control.
- (transitive) To deal with conclusively with a threat or a difficult situation.
- (transitive) To arrange in an orderly way.
- (transitive, nonstandard, Euro-English) To have available, or at one's disposal.
- The Commission may not be able to assess the reliability of the data provided by Member States and may not dispose of independent information sources.