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dis·pose / disˈpōz/ • v. 1. [intr.] (dispose of) get rid of by throwing away or giving or selling to someone else: whose responsibility is it to dispose of scrap materials? | people now have substantial assets to dispose of after their death. ∎ inf. kill; destroy: her lover came up with hundreds of schemes for disposing of her husband. ∎  overcome (a rival or threat): team members were buoyant after they disposed of the champions. ∎ inf. consume (food or drink) quickly or enthusiastically: she watched him dispose of a large slice of cheese. 2. [tr.] arrange in a particular position: the chief disposed his attendants in a circle. ∎  bring (someone) into a particular frame of mind: prolactin is released, disposing you toward sleep | [tr.] fundamentalism disposes you to believe in miracles. ∎  [intr.] poetic/lit. determine the course of events: the city proposed, but the unions disposed. DERIVATIVES: dis·pos·er n. a waste disposer a disposer of grants and subsidies.

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dispose put in a suitable place; prepare the mind of, incline (esp. in pp.); make arrangements, ordain events XIV; with of
i. order, control,

ii. put away, get rid of XVI. — (O)F. disposer, f. dis- DIS- 1 + poser place, set in order, settle (see POSE 1), after L. dispōnere, -pos-.

Hence disposal XVII. So disposition arrangement, management, bestowal; inclination, aptitude. XIV. — (O)F. — L. dispositiō, -ōn-,