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dispose
used in Native Son

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disposed the troops along...
Definition
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
  • I do not say that if we understand this man's life we shall solve all our problems, or that when we have all the facts at our disposal we shall automatically know how to act.
    Book Three - Fate (68% in)
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
  • I could not have placed at the disposal of a jury the evidence, so general and yet so confoundingly specific, so impalpable and yet so disastrous in its terrible consequences—consequences which have affected my client and account for his being here today before the bar of judgment with his life at stake—I could not have done that and have been honest with myself or with this boy.
    Book Three - Fate (68% in)
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
There are no more uses of "dispose" flagged with this meaning in Native Son.

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  • As long as he could take his life into his own hands and dispose of it as he pleased, as long as he could decide just when and where he would run to, he need not be afraid.
    Book Two - Flight (29% in)
  • The Grand Jurors chosen, selected and sworn in and for the said County of Cook, present that Bigger Thomas did rape and inflict sexual injury upon the body". strangulation by hand". smother to death and dispose of body by burning same in furnace". did with knife and hatchet sever head from body". said acts committed upon one Mary Dalton, and contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided, against the peace and dignity of the People of the State of Illinois"."
    Book Three - Fate (59% in)
  • A wealthy, kindly disposed white man, a resident of Chicago for more than forty years, sends to the relief agency for a Negro boy to act as chauffeur to his family.
    Book Three - Fate (86% in)

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