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From Old 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Evelyn
      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)
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose / To future good our past and present woes.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Bacon
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      the knightly forms of combat to dispose



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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