dispose

Definitions

  • Si Was Disposed to Grumble 181
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dispose make fit or prepared "Your education qualifies you for this job"
    • v dispose make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief "Their language inclines us to believe them"
    • v dispose place or put in a particular order "the dots are unevenly disposed"
    • v dispose throw or cast away "Put away your worries"
    • v dispose give, sell, or transfer to another "She disposed of her parents' possessions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The life expectancy of a garbage disposal is about 5 to 10 years
    • Dispose Cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor. "He hath a person, and a smooth dispose To be suspected."
    • Dispose Disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control. "But such is the dispose of the sole Disposer of empires."
    • v. i Dispose To bargain; to make terms. "She had disposed with Cæsar."
    • Dispose To deal out; to assign to a use; to bestow for an object or purpose; to apply; to employ; to dispose of. "Importuned him that what he designed to bestow on her funeral, he would rather dispose among the poor."
    • Dispose To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent. "Who hath disposed the whole world?""All ranged in order and disposed with grace.""The rest themselves in troops did else dispose ."
    • Dispose 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. "Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose To future good our past and present woes.""Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy."
    • Dispose To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine. "The knightly forms of combat to dispose ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For hundreds of years, the people of Poona, India, have disposed of their dead by carrying the corpses to the top of a tower and letting the vultures eat them.
    • dispose To set in order; place or distribute in a particular order; put; arrange: as, the ships were disposed in the form of a crescent; the trees are disposed in the form of a quincunx.
    • dispose Specifically To regulate; adjust; set in right order.
    • dispose To place, locate, or settle suitably: chiefly reflexive.
    • dispose To give direction or tendency to; set, place, or turn (toward a particular end, consequence, or result, or in a particular direction); adapt.
    • dispose To incline the mind or heart of.
    • dispose To make over or part with, as by gift, sale, or other means of alienation; alienate or bestow: as, “he disposed all church preferments to the highest bidder,”
    • dispose Synonyms To range, rank, group.
    • dispose Order, regulate, fit.
    • dispose Lead, induce.
    • dispose To make disposition; determine the arrangement or settlement of something.
    • dispose To bargain; make terms.
    • dispose To exercise control over; direct the disposal or course of: as, they have full power to dispose of their possessions.
    • n dispose Disposal; power of disposing; management.
    • n dispose Dispensation; act of government; management.
    • n dispose Cast of behavior; demeanor.
    • n dispose Disposition; cast of mind; inclination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: That white, powdery stuff on the wings of moths is actually the way moths dispose of waste.
    • v.t Dispose dis-pōz′ to arrange: to distribute: to apply to a particular purpose: to make over by sale, gift, &c.: to bestow: to incline
    • n Dispose disposal, management: behaviour, disposition
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Quotations

  • P. J. O'Rourke
    P.%20J.%20O%27Rourke
    “Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.”
  • Patrick Henry
    Patrick%20Henry
    “I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    Thomas%20Kempis
    “Man proposes, but God disposes.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Franklin%20D.%20Roosevelt
    “It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in this world.”
  • Jane Austen
    Jane%20Austen
    “Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.”

Idioms

Man proposes, God disposes - Your fate lies in the hands of God.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. disposer,; pref. dis-, + poser, to place. See Pose

Usage

In literature:

How much more rational is this disposal of public money, than that of waging war.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But the deputies are disposed to treat M. de la Luzerne roughly.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I have had too satisfactory proofs of your friendly regard, to be disposed to suspect any thing of a contrary aspect.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
He has now got the entire management of his own affairs, and is a sensible, well-disposed lad.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
To us there is but ONE disposer of life.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
But to-day he was not at all disposed to draw.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
You had better entrust me with the disposal of the rest.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
The first stage takes place within the tank and the second in the porous pipes that constitute the disposal fields.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Lands were thus disposed of without the agency, and against the decisions, of juries.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Edmund Grosse's friend was delighted to put the flat in the Palazzo at his disposal.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
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In poetry:

Stay but till my Julia close
Her life-begetting eye,
And let the whole world then dispose
Itself to live or die.
"To Daisies, Not To Shut So Soon" by Robert Herrick
Howe'er the wind of fortune blows,
Or sadly-severing fate dispose
Our everlasting doom;
Impressions never felt before,
And transports to return no more,
Will haunt me to the tomb!
"Ode To a Young Lady" by John Logan
Esau disposed of his birth-right of old,
A mess of pottage was the paltry price!
Thou, worse than him, the heav'ns themselves hast sold
For barley-broth — in spite of my advice.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
An easy thing to improve on God,
Simply the knowing of even from odd,
Simply to count and then dispose
In patterns everybody knows,
Simply to follow curve and line
In geometrical design.
"Geometry" by John Crowe Ransom
But owing, I'm much disposed to fear,
To his terrible taste for tippling,
That highly respectable Gondolier
Could never declare with a mind sincere
Which of the two was his offspring dear,
And which the Royal stripling!
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert
If you should reach the shady side of life methinks you'll find,
Some who have found the upper world so heartless and unkind,
And so disposed to torture with the despotisms there
They had to seek the shadows as a refuge from despair.
"The Shady Side" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Patent #: 7,018,369Inventor(s): Paul VanGompel and Russell ThorsonCompany: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. A disposable pant-like undergarment has been granted a patent.
The fate of Savannah River Site's high-level nuclear waste could become clearer by the end of July, when US Energy Department officials brief Congress on a new national disposal strategy.
ONE Russian way to dispose of an adversary is to hire a hit-man to do the job and then a second assassin to bump him off, thus cutting the link between the customer and the original victim.
Authorities have gathered at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga this morning to fine-tune plans for the disposal of a volatile substance that was discovered there on Monday.
This week's Please Explains is the second in our series on how to save the world—ways to approach complex global problems such as climate change, food supply, garbage disposal, the global water supply, and violence.
WV State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist Sgt A.W.
Ezekiel Ansah's strong game helped BYU dispose of Georgia Tech.
The Nicaraguan election has proved that open, honorable support for a democratic process is one of the most powerful foreign policy tools at Washington's disposal.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – A FAMOUS, RECENTLY divorced talk-show host wants to dispose of a multicarat diamond engagement ring.
Mementos don't have to be disposable kitsch.
The New Jersey Devils already disposed of one Vezina Trophy candidate this playoff run, and beginning Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals they will face another in 28-year-old Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Environmental Protection Agency's use of airplanes to seek signs of improper disposal of livestock waste has angered ranchers and some members of Congress.
Here's a hard-learned lesson: discovering that woody asparagus shafts should never be thrust down a garbage disposer.
Several members of Boulder's volunteer Environmental Advisory Board raised concerns Wednesday about how the city's proposed 20-cent disposable bag fee at grocery stores might affect low-income residents.
Unmanned, almost disposable spy planes are being groomed for a major role in the coming conflict against terrorism, defense analysts say.
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In science:

For example, he put funds at my disposal to invite visitors.
The Early Years of String Theory: A Personal Perspective
We entirely dispose of the contribution of this sum by identifying n with ∞; in exchange for this, the second sum on the RHS of Eq. (C.122) turns into an infinite series.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
With Lemma 2 at our disposal we may now simply force a Kurepa tree T to exist and observe that it will satisfy the conditions of the lemma.
Large Cardinals and Definable Well-Orderings of the Universe
In the tame case, in high Pr¨ufer 2-rank, the case in which a standard Borel subgroup B contains an involution not in its center was disposed of in short order via the powerful Fact 1.1, whereas the analysis of the other case was quite long.
Minimal connected simple groups of finite Morley rank with strongly embedded subgroups
We dispose of one case in the present section, and the other will occupy us to the end of the paper.
Minimal connected simple groups of finite Morley rank with strongly embedded subgroups
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