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Main Entry: 1dis·pose
Pronunciation: di-'spOz
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): dis·posed; dis·pos·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desposer, from Latin disponere to arrange (perfect indicative disposui), from dis- + ponere to put -- more at POSITION
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to give a tendency to : INCLINE <faulty diet disposes one to sickness>
2 a : to put in place : set in readiness : ARRANGE <disposing troops for withdrawal> b obsolete : REGULATE c : BESTOW
intransitive verb
1 : to settle a matter finally
2 obsolete : to come to terms
synonym see INCLINE
- dis·pos·er noun
- dispose of
1 : to place, distribute, or arrange especially in an orderly way
2 a : to transfer to the control of another <disposing of personal property to a total stranger> b (1) : to get rid of <how to dispose of toxic waste> (2) : to deal with conclusively <disposed of the matter efficiently>