Definition of dispose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    dispose

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspoʊz//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispose
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspoʊz//
     
    he / she / it disposes
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspəʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspoʊzɪz//
     
    past simple disposed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspoʊzd//
     
    past participle disposed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspoʊzd//
     
    -ing form disposing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspəʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspoʊzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1dispose something/somebody + adv./prep. to arrange things or people in a particular way or position The visitors disposed themselves in a circle round the statue.
  2. 2dispose somebody to/toward(s) something | dispose somebody to do something to make somebody behave in a particular way a drug that disposes the patient towards sleep
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French disposer, from Latin disponere ‘arrange’, influenced by dispositus ‘arranged’ and Old French poser ‘to place’. Phrasal Verbsdispose of somebody
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