Dispose
Dispose Dis*pose", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disposing}.] [F. disposer; pref. dis- + poser to place. See {Pose}.] 1. To distribute and put in place; to arrange; to set in order; as, to dispose the ships in the form of a crescent. [1913 Webster]

Who hath disposed the whole world? --Job xxxiv. 13. [1913 Webster]

All ranged in order and disposed with grace. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The rest themselves in troops did else dispose. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To regulate; to adjust; to settle; to determine. [1913 Webster]

The knightly forms of combat to dispose. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To deal out; to assign to a use; to bestow for an object or purpose; to apply; to employ; to dispose of. [1913 Webster]

Importuned him that what he designed to bestow on her funeral, he would rather dispose among the poor. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Endure and conquer; Jove will soon dispose To future good our past and present woes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Suspicions dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, and wise men to irresolution and melancholy. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

More water . . . than can be disposed of. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

I have disposed of her to a man of business. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

A rural judge disposed of beauty's prize. --Waller.

Syn: To set; arrange; order; distribute; adjust; regulate; adapt; fit; incline; bestow; give. [1913 Webster]


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