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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
  • Unaware of public scrutiny from above, Judge Taylor disposed of the severed end [of his cigar] by propelling it expertly to his lips and saying, "Fhluck!" He hit the spittoon so squarely...
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • disposed = got rid (threw away)
  • The disposal of sewage and waste
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • disposal = the process of getting rid of something; or a kitchen appliance for getting rid of garbage
  • My job was to pick the piles up and dispose of them.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • dispose = 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 = throw away

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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 (so something 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
  • But Tom's extravagance had, previous to that event, been so great as to render a different disposal of the next presentation necessary, and the younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • disposal = settlement of what was to be done
  • 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)

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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 the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
  • Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = arranged or positioned
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
  • "My dear sister," said Mary, "if you can persuade him into anything of the sort, it will be a fresh matter of delight to me to find myself allied to anybody so clever, and I shall only regret that you have not half a dozen daughters to dispose of."
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • dispose = settle in life
  • 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

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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)
  • "Perhaps," said Tom, "Fanny may be more disposed to oblige us now."
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • disposed = inclined (in favor)
  • ...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)

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