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From French disposer.



dispose (third-person singular simple present disposes, present participle disposing, simple past and past participle disposed)

  1. (intransitive, used with "of") To eliminate or to get rid of something.
    I dispose of my trash in the garbage can.
  2. To distribute or arrange; to put in place.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, Henry V, act 4, scene III
      Now, dear soldiers, march away: / And how thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 6
      Marianne’s pianoforte was unpacked and properly disposed of, and Elinor’s drawing were affixed to the walls of their sitting rooms.
    • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 47:
      I sat down within three feet of the entrance door, and I had no sooner got disposed than the door opened and a man came in [] .
  3. To deal out; to assign to a use.
    • 1818 (first published), John Evelyn, diary entry for 1634
      what he designed to bestow on her funeral, he would rather dispose among the poor
  4. To incline.
    In these uncertain times, I am disposed towards caution.
    (Used here intransitively in the passive voice)
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose / To future good our past and present woes.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Suspicion
      They [suspicions] dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter II, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      At twilight in the summer [] the mice come out. They [] eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly [] on the floor.
  5. (obsolete) To bargain; to make terms.
  6. (obsolete) To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine.



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  1. (obsolete) The disposal or management of something.
    • 1680, John Bunyan, The Life and Death of Mr Badman:
      By thus doing, he submits himself to God's rod, commits himself to the dispose of his providence; yea, by thus doing, he casteth the lot of his present and future condition into the lap of his creditors, and leaves the whole dispose thereof to the Lord []
  2. (obsolete) Behaviour; disposition.




  1. first-person singular present indicative of disposer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of disposer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of disposer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of disposer
  5. second-person singular imperative of disposer




  1. third-person singular past historic of disporre