dispose of

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v. dis·posed, dis·pos·ing, dis·pos·es
1. To put into a willing or receptive frame of mind; incline: "If we're going to preach the politics of virtue, then we need to promote the social conditions that dispose people to be virtuous" (Lillian B. Rubin).
2. To place or set in a particular order; arrange: "Sally ... was beginning to loosen the upper sheet and dispose the pillows" (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
To determine the course of events: Man proposes, God disposes.
Phrasal Verb:
dispose of
1. To finish dealing with something; settle: Let's dispose of the matter and turn to something else.
2. To give or transfer to someone else, especially permanently: She disposed of her estate among her heirs. He disposed of his memoirs to a research library.
3. To get rid of; throw out: He disposed of the newspapers after reading them.
4. To kill or destroy.

[Middle English disposen, to arrange, from Old French disposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin dispōnere, to arrange : dis-, apart; see dis- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·pos′er n.

dispose of

get rid of
1. 'dispose of'

If you dispose of something that you no longer want or need, you throw it away or give it to someone.

Hundreds of used computers had to be disposed of.
This is the safest means of disposing of nuclear waste.

Be Careful!
You must use of after dispose. Don't say that someone 'disposes something'.

2. 'get rid of'

Dispose is a fairly formal word. In conversation and in less formal writing, you usually say that someone gets rid of something.

Now let's get rid of all this stuff.
There was a lot of rubbish to be got rid of.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dispose of - deal with or settle; "He disposed of these cases quickly"
handle, manage, care, deal - be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"


1. To put into a deliberate order:
2. To have an impact on in a certain way:
phrasal verb
dispose of
1. To put into correct or conclusive form:
2. To let go or get rid of as being useless or defective, for example:
Informal: chuck, jettison, shuck (off).
Slang: ditch.
يَتَخَلَّصُ من
zbavit se
smide væk
losa sig viî

w>dispose of

vi +prep obj
(= get rid of) furnitureloswerden; (by selling) → veräußern, loswerden; unwanted person, goodsbeseitigen, loswerden; litter, bodybeseitigen; opponent, difficultiesaus dem Weg schaffen; question, mattererledigen, regeln
(= have at disposal) fortune, timeverfügen über (+acc)
(= kill)eliminieren


(diˈspəuz) verb
1. to make inclined. I am not disposed to help him.
2. to arrange or settle.
diˈsposable adjective
intended to be thrown away or destroyed after use. disposable cups/plates.
diˈsposal noun
the act of getting rid of something. the disposal of waste paper.
at one's disposal
available for one's use. They put a car at his disposal during his stay.
dispose of
to get rid of. I've disposed of your old coat.
References in classic literature ?
Paris was the best place in which to dispose of her effects, and thither she and Adrienne came, without a moment's delay.
I am the only person possessing the right to dispose of my daughter's hand.
Thus trained in the exercise not only of free will, but despotic authority, Rowena was, by her previous education, disposed both to resist and to resent any attempt to control her affections, or dispose of her hand contrary to her inclinations, and to assert her independence in a case in which even those females who have been trained up to obedience and subjection, are not infrequently apt to dispute the authority of guardians and parents.
The first is, by knowing how, with prudence, to dispose of a wife, a daughter, or a sister; the second, by betraying or undermining his predecessor; and the third is, by a furious zeal, in public assemblies, against the corruption's of the court.
Why, no,' said the collector; 'they couldn't very well dispose of her at night, and so she is staying with an acquaintance of hers, and another young lady; they both belong to the theatre.
Rawdon had kindly busied themselves with Sir Pitt, who was to dispose of the remainder most advantageously for her, when he had time.
This merchandise is his, but I have resolved to dispose of it for the benefit of his family if I should ever chance to meet with them.
The persecution then becoming general, there was no longer any place of security for us in Abyssinia, where we were looked upon by all as the authors of all the civil commotions, and many councils were held to determine in what manner they should dispose of us.
They come and go," says he, "when and where they please; provide their own horses, arms, and other equipments; trap and trade on their own account, and dispose of their skins and peltries to the highest bidder.
I've been into the City to-day as you know," Trent continued, "and I found as I expected that you have been making efforts to dispose of your share in the Bekwando Syndicate.
The brothers are closeted next morning in the ironmaster's room, where the elder is proceeding, in his clear sensible way, to show how he thinks he may best dispose of George in his business, when George squeezes his hand and stops him.
This surplus it was compelled to dispose of abroad, and, what of its colossal plans, it needed money.