Dis·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disposed p. pr. & vb. n. Disposing.]
1. To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent.
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.
(b) 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.
A rural judge disposed of beauty's prize. --Waller.
Syn: -- To set; arrange; order; distribute; adjust; regulate; adapt; fit; incline; bestow; give.
Dis·pose v. i. To bargain; to make terms. [Obs.]
She had disposed with Cæsar. --Shak.
1. Disposal; ordering; management; power or right of control. [Obs.]
But such is the dispose of the sole Disposer of empires. --Speed.
2. Cast of mind; disposition; inclination; behavior; demeanor. [Obs.]
He hath a person, and a smooth dispose
To be suspected. --Shak.
v 1: give, sell, or transfer to another; "She disposed of her
2: throw or cast away; "Put away your worries" [syn: discard,
fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast
aside, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away,
3: make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or
belief; "Their language inclines us to believe them" [syn:
incline] [ant: indispose]
4: make fit or prepared; "Your education qualifies you for this
job" [syn: qualify] [ant: disqualify]