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Definition of Dispose


  1. To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent.
  2. To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine.
  3. To deal out; to assign to a use; to bestow for an object or purpose; to apply; to employ; to dispose of.
  4. To give a tendency or inclination to; to adapt; to cause to turn; especially, to incline the mind of; to give a bent or propension to; to incline; to make inclined; -- usually followed by to, sometimes by for before the indirect object.
  5. To exercise finally one's power of control over; to pass over into the control of some one else, as by selling; to alienate; to part with; to relinquish; to get rid of; as, to dispose of a house; to dispose of one's time.
  6. To bargain; to make terms.
  7. Disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control.
  8. Cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor.

Dispose Quotations

At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.

It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

If I agree to dispose of any part of our land to the white people I would feel guilty of taking food away from our children's mouths, and I do not wish to be that mean.
Sitting Bull

As a child, I was aware of the widely-held attitude that the ocean is so big, so resilient that we could use the sea as the ultimate place to dispose of anything we did not want, from garbage and nuclear wastes to sludge from sewage to entire ships that had reached the end of their useful life.
Sylvia Earle

Who can love to walk in the dark? But providence doth often so dispose.
Oliver Cromwell
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Dispose Translations

dispose in French is inciter, agencer, disposez, disposent, disposons
dispose in German is anordnen
dispose in Spanish is componer, inducir, reglamentar, decretar
dispose in Swedish is disponera
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