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dispose
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1  —as in:
dispose of the waste
Definition to throw away
  • How will they dispose of the waste?
dispose = throw away (get rid of)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • What is the best way to responsibly dispose of old electronic equipment.
  • dispose = throw away
  • I put it in the garbage disposal.
  • disposal = to throw away (or get rid of)
  • The contents would be disposed of by Hans as prudently as possible.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • disposed = thrown away
  • He had, of course, disposed of the apple and made his apology to the Recreation Director the next morning, before school.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • disposed = thrown away
  • The disposal of sewage and waste
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • disposal = to throw away
  • My job was to pick the piles up and dispose of them.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • dispose = to throw away
  • If it were possible, the car looked worse than before—like a toy that someone had wedged down the sink and run through the garbage disposal.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • disposal = to throw away
  • The implications that I could so readily dispose of Peeta, that I'm in love with Gale, that the whole thing has been an act.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • dispose = to throw away
  • Cousin Joshua was frustrated by the authorities when he fired upon the president of the University, who in his opinion was little more than a sewage disposal expert.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
disposal = a process of throwing away or getting rid of something

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2  —as in:
dispose of the matter
Definition to settle something so it no longer requires attention
  • I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle (something so it no longer requires attention)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The issue will be disposed by the judge.
  • disposed = settled (something so it no longer requires attention)
  • In this dialogue, the whole argument in behalf of slavery was brought forward by the master, all of which was disposed of by the slave.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • disposed = settled
  • they intend to dispose of him
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire's Assistant
  • dispose = settle (something so it no longer requires attention)
  • Surely a drugged Mockingjay will be easier to dispose of in front of a crowd.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • dispose = settle (something so it no longer requires attention)
  • I carry things up the stairs and stow them in the garage. In there they seem disposed of.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • disposed = taken care of so they will no longer require attention
  • he is unable to take a fact out of its merely political relations, and behold it as it lies absolutely to be disposed of by the intellect
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • disposed = settled
  • The Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures required a witness to the execution of a mad hippogriff.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • disposal = the act of settling something so it no longer requires attention
  • The forest disposes of its own victims.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • disposes = settles (something so it no longer requires attention)
  • Having disposed of these evil-minded persons for the night,
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
disposed = finished with them for the evening (settled things so they no longer required attention)

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3  —as in:
dispose of the assets
Definition sell or transfer to another
  • Will you dispose of your California real estate now that you have moved?
dispose = sell or transfer to another
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her will split everything between the children, but left no instructions regarding disposal of her home and art.
  • disposal = the transfer of ownership
  • Cut off thus unexpectedly, he left no will as to the disposal of his property.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • disposal = transfer
  • ...he had an undoubted right to dispose of his own property as he chose,
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • dispose = to give, sell, or transfer
  • There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of;
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • dispose = sell
  • He made me think of a pirate captain disposing of the booty.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
disposing = transferring to others

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4  —as in:
disposed the troops along...
Definition to arrange, position, or use things
  • Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = to arrange, position, or use things
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • You have a tight deadline, but the entire company is at your disposal.
  • disposal = command (available to be used)
  • They carried spears and disposed themselves to defend the entrance.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • disposed = positioned
  • He had the world at his disposal.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • disposal = available for use
  • The only movement at her disposal was the act of turning.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • disposal = available for use
  • There were books and music and a TV at my disposal, which meant I never once had the opportunity to be bored.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • disposal = available for use
  • The party was divided and disposed of on two contiguous benches:
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • disposed = positioned (or arranged; or placed)
  • She has been allowed to dispose of her time in the most idle and frivolous manner, and to adopt any opinions that came in her way.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • dispose = use up
  • Collectively, the Party owns everything in Oceania, because it controls everything, and disposes of the products as it thinks fit.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • disposes = uses
  • He had a bachelor flat at number 83 Pulawska Street at his disposal, but was not living there himself, and he had agreed to let me occupy it.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
disposal = to arrange, position, or use things

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5  —as in:
Is she disposed to help?
Definition inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
  • I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He too, at first, seemed disposed to refuse; but, after some reflection, he granted me the privilege,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • disposed = inclined (having a state of mind that favors doing something)
  • ...seemed thoughtful and not disposed to talk,
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • disposed = inclined (in the mood)
  • I find myself disposed to ... discover a pretext for conformity.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • disposed = inclined (having a tendency to)
  • Lucy was disposed to be jealous of her...
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • disposed = inclined (having a state of mind that favors doing something)
  • ...she was disposed to be too communicative,
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • disposed = inclined (had a tendency)
  • ...she is more disposed to reward than to punish.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • disposed = inclined (has a tendency to)
  • O masters, if I were disposed to stir
    Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
    I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong,
    Who, you all know, are honourable men:
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • disposed = inclined (in the mood to)
  • ...and besides, it was Flatbush, a place as disposed to the extremes of propriety and to neighborly snooping as the most arrested small town in the American heartland.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • disposed = inclined (with a tendency to)
  • ...experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
disposed = inclined (has a tendency to)

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Less commonly:
Less commonly, disposing of can imply killing someone.
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