A baker disposes of stale food.
- When you throw away garbage, this is an example of a situation where you dispose of garbage.
- When you defeat your enemy, this is an example of a situation where you dispose of your enemy.
- When someone is primed to believe in a specific idea, this is an example of a situation where he has been disposed to the idea.
- to place in a certain order or arrangement
- to arrange (matters); settle or regulate (affairs)
- to make willing; incline
- to make susceptible or liable
Origin of disposeMiddle English disposen ; from Old French disposer, to put apart, hence arrange ; from perfect tense stem of Classical Latin disponere, to arrange: see dis- and amp; position
- to deal with conclusively; settle
- to give away or sell
- to get rid of; throw away
verbdis·posed, dis·pos·ing, dis·pos·es
- 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).
- To place or set in a particular order; arrange: “Sally &ellipsis; was beginning to loosen the upper sheet and dispose the pillows” (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
Origin of disposeMiddle English disposen, to arrange, from Old French disposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin disp&omacron;nere, to arrange : dis-, apart; see dis– + p&omacron;nere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present disposes, present participle disposing, simple past and past participle disposed)
From Old French disposer.