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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 and 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.
    • John Evelyn (1620-1706)
      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)
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose / To future good our past and present woes.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
      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, Franklin Square, 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.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      the knightly forms of combat to dispose



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  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