- having a certain inclination or disposition; inclined (usually followed by to or an infinitive): a man disposed to like others.
verb (used with object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.
- to give a tendency or inclination to; incline: His temperament disposed him to argue readily with people.
- to put in a particular or the proper order or arrangement; adjust by arranging the parts.
- to put in a particular or suitable place: The lamp was disposed on a table nearby.
- to make fit or ready; prepare: Your words of cheer dispose me for the task.
verb (used without object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.
- to arrange or decide matters: to do as God disposes.
- Obsolete. to make terms.
- dispose of,
- to deal with conclusively; settle.
- to get rid of; discard.
- to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
- to do away with; destroy.
- having an inclination as specified (towards something)
- (in combination)well-disposed
- (intr foll by of)
- to deal with or settle
- to give, sell, or transfer to another
- to throw out or away
- to consume, esp hurriedly
- to kill
- to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final conditionman proposes, God disposes
- (tr) to make willing or receptive
- (tr) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
- (tr often foll by to) to accustom or condition
mid-14c., “inclined, in the mood,” past participle adjective from dispose. Meaning “in a certain condition” is late 14c.; “arranged” is 15c.
late 14c., from Old French disposer (13c.) “arrange, order, control, regulate” (influenced in form by poser “to place”), from Latin disponere “put in order, arrange, distribute,” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + ponere “to put, place” (see position). Related: Disposed; disposing.