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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)
  • I just got a look at your incinerator for disposing of experimental animals.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • disposing = getting rid
  • The contents would be disposed of by Hans as prudently as possible.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • disposed = thrown away
  • He claimed Westing stole his idea of the disposable paper diaper.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • disposable = designed to be used once and thrown away
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" in disposable means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable. Note that when "-able" is placed at the end of a word that ends in "E", the "E" is often dropped as in lovable and believable.)
  • On the last night before the festival, yams of the old year were all disposed of by those who still had them.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • disposed = gotten rid (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)
  • Whether they are destroyed individually or in groups, or however it is done, with mass bombing, poisonous smoke, poisons, drowning, decapitation, or what, dispose of them as the situation dictates ....
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
dispose = get rid

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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 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
  • With one syllable Matthew disposed of the sacrifice, only a little less sharp than Grandfather's loss, of the little African slave who had been her shadow for twelve years.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • disposed = put an end to discussion
  • 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

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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
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 = placed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I am at your disposal.
  • disposal = command (available to be used)
  • You have a tight deadline, but the entire company is at your disposal.
  • disposal = command (available to be used)
  • This staff and the lab are at your disposal.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • disposal = command
  • What weapons did she have at her disposal?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • disposal = command
  • And we will use it and all of the tools at our disposal to find the murderer.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • disposal = command
  •   ... Come, I'll dispose of thee
      Among a sisterhood of holy nuns.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • dispose = place
  • They carried spears and disposed themselves to defend the entrance.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • disposed = positioned
  • I was his to dispose of, like his seed-warriors or his fire-breathing bulls.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • dispose = use
  • He had the world at his disposal.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
disposal = command

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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 (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In that country, you are unlikely to find an official who is disposed to help you unless you offer a bribe.
  • disposed = inclined (with a tendency or mood to do something)
  • In the hallway William did not seem disposed to hurry.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • disposed = inclined (having a state of mind that favors doing something)
  • 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)
  • But even if they were disposed to help me, they would not dare to stand against Athena in her wrath.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • disposed = inclined
  • "Perhaps," said Tom, "Fanny may be more disposed to oblige us now."
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • disposed = inclined (in favor)
  • Perhaps during former years he had suffered from the late-discovered unworthiness of one beloved and so was disposed to set a greater value on tried worth.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • disposed = inclined (having a state of mind that favors doing something)
  • As was usually the case wherever Hester stood, a small vacant area—a sort of magic circle—had formed itself about her, into which, though the people were elbowing one another at a little distance, none ventured or felt disposed to intrude.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • 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)

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