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.
transitive verb-·posed′, -·pos′ing
- 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 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 … 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 dispōnere to arrange dis- apart ; see dis- . pōnere 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.