1. 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.

  1. to give a tendency or inclination to; incline: His temperament disposed him to argue readily with people.
  2. to put in a particular or the proper order or arrangement; adjust by arranging the parts.
  3. to put in a particular or suitable place: The lamp was disposed on a table nearby.
  4. to make fit or ready; prepare: Your words of cheer dispose me for the task.

verb (used without object), dis·posed, dis·pos·ing.

  1. to arrange or decide matters: to do as God disposes.
  2. Obsolete. to make terms.


  1. Archaic. disposition; habit.
  2. Obsolete. arrangement; regulation; disposal.

Verb Phrases

  1. dispose of,
    1. to deal with conclusively; settle.
    2. to get rid of; discard.
    3. to transfer or give away, as by gift or sale.
    4. to do away with; destroy.


    1. having an inclination as specified (towards something)
    2. (in combination)well-disposed


  1. (intr foll by of)
    1. to deal with or settle
    2. to give, sell, or transfer to another
    3. to throw out or away
    4. to consume, esp hurriedly
    5. to kill
  2. to arrange or settle (matters) by placing into correct or final conditionman proposes, God disposes
  3. (tr) to make willing or receptive
  4. (tr) to adjust or place in a certain order or position
  5. (tr often foll by to) to accustom or condition


  1. an obsolete word for disposal, disposition

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.

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