from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To place or set in a particular order; arrange.
- transitive v. To put (business affairs, for example) into correct, definitive, or conclusive form.
- transitive v. To put into a willing or receptive frame of mind; incline. See Synonyms at incline.
- intransitive v. To settle or decide a matter.
- n. Obsolete Disposal.
- n. Obsolete Disposition; demeanor.
- dispose of To attend to; settle: disposed of the problem quickly.
- dispose of To transfer or part with, as by giving or selling.
- dispose of To get rid of; throw out.
- dispose of To kill or destroy: a despot who disposed of all his enemies, real or imagined.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To eliminate or to get rid of something.
- v. To distribute and put in place.
- v. To deal out; to assign to a use.
- v. To incline
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order.
- transitive v. To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine.
- transitive v. To deal out; to assign to a use; to bestow for an object or purpose; to apply; to employ; to dispose of.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To bargain; to make terms.
- n. Disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control.
- n. Cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- Specifically To regulate; adjust; set in right order.
- To place, locate, or settle suitably: chiefly reflexive.
- To give direction or tendency to; set, place, or turn (toward a particular end, consequence, or result, or in a particular direction); adapt.
- To incline the mind or heart of.
- 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,”
- Synonyms To range, rank, group.
- Order, regulate, fit.
- Lead, induce.
- To make disposition; determine the arrangement or settlement of something.
- To bargain; make terms.
- To exercise control over; direct the disposal or course of: as, they have full power to dispose of their possessions.
- n. Disposal; power of disposing; management.
- n. Dispensation; act of government; management.
- n. Cast of behavior; demeanor.
- n. Disposition; cast of mind; inclination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. throw or cast away
- v. give, sell, or transfer to another
- v. make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
- v. place or put in a particular order
- v. make fit or prepared
Middle English disposen, from Old French disposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin dispōnere, to arrange : dis-, apart.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French disposer. (Wiktionary)