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.
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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.
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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"
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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.
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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
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(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.
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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.
She then began to look about her for a shop in which she might dispose of something for the moment.
First taking another look at the pretty little hand and fingers, to make certain the thimble might not be reclaimed, when satisfied that it really belonged to her who wished to dispose of it, she ventured to answer.
Could matters have been so arranged as to prevent the necessity of our leaving the castle, could we have lived with Charles and kept him single, I should have been very far from persuading my husband to dispose of it elsewhere; but Charles was on the point of marrying Miss De Courcy, and the event has justified me.
We therefore, who are the registers of that lottery, shall imitate those sagacious persons who deal in that which is drawn at Guildhall, and who never trouble the public with the many blanks they dispose of; but when a great prize happens to be drawn, the newspapers are presently filled with it, and the world is sure to be informed at whose office it was sold: indeed, commonly two or three different offices lay claim to the honour of having disposed of it; by which, I suppose, the adventurers are given to understand that certain brokers are in the secrets of Fortune, and indeed of her cabinet council.
I am the only person possessing the right to dispose of my daughter's hand.
"You will, of course, dispose of it in some way or other?"
"You only intend, then, to dispose of that part of your fortune which the law allows you to subtract from the inheritance of your son?" Noirtier made no answer.
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.
He said the court's order didn't carry any limit for disposing of the land but it was alleged that the board of directors was permitted to dispose of the land in excess.
During the course of proceedings, Advocate Hamid Khan counsel for Farrukh Irfan informed the court that his client resigned for the dignity and pride of the judiciary and pleaded the court to dispose of the petition regarding SJC proceedings.