Loading...

American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search

Dispose


DISPOSE, verb transitive dispoze. [Latin]

1. To set; to place or distribute; to arrange; used with reference to order. The ships were disposed in the form of a crescent. The general disposed his troops in three lines. The trees are disposed in the form of a quincunx.

2. To regulate; to adjust; to set in right order. Job 34:13 and 37.

The knightly forms of combat to dispose

3. To apply to a particular purpose; to give; to place; to bestow; as, you have disposed much in works of public piety. In this sense, to dispose of is more generally used.

4. To set, place or turn to a particular end or consequence.

Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose to future good our past and present woes.

5. To adapt; to form for any purpose.

Then must thou thee dispose another way.

6. To set the mind in a particular frame; to incline. Avarice disposes men to fraud and oppression.

Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy.

He was disposed to pass into Achaia. Acts 18:27. 1 Corinthians 10:27.

To dispose of,

1. To part with; to alienate; as, the man has disposed of his house, and removed.

2. To part with to another; to put into anothers hand or power; to bestow; as, the father has disposed of his daughter to a man of great worth.

3. To give away or transfer by authority.

A rural judge disposed of beautys prize.

4. To direct the course of a thing. Proverbs 16:1.

5. To place in any condition; as, how will you dispose of your son?

6. To direct what to do or what course to pursue; as, they know not how to dispose of themselves.

7. To use or employ; as, they know not how to dispose of their time.

8. To put away. The stream supplies more water than can be disposed of.

DISPOSE, verb intransitive To bargain; to make terms.

DISPOSE, noun

1. Disposal; power of disposing; management.

2. Dispensation; act of government.

3. Disposition; cast of behavior.

4. Disposition; cast of mind; inclination.