Dispose

Definition of Dispose

Dis`pose´
v. t.1.To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent.
[imp. & p. p. Disposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Disposing.]
Who hath disposed the whole world?
- Job xxxiv. 13.
All ranged in order and disposed with grace.
- Pope.
The rest themselves in troops did else dispose.
- Spenser.
2.To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine.
The knightly forms of combat to dispose.
- Dryden.
3.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.
- Evelyn.
4.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.
- Dryden.
Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy.
- Bacon.
To dispose of
a - To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
Freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons.
- Locke.
5.To exercise finally one's power of control over; to pass over into the control of some one else, as by selling; to alienate; to part with; to relinquish; to get rid of; as, to dispose of a house; to dispose of one's time.
More water . . . than can be disposed of.
- T. Burnet.
I have disposed of her to a man of business.
- Tatler.
v. i.1.To bargain; to make terms.
She had disposed with Cæsar.
- Shak.
n.1.Disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control.
But such is the dispose of the sole Disposer of empires.
- Speed.
2.Cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor.
He hath a person, and a smooth dispose
To be suspected.
- Shak.

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