AskDefine | Define dispose

Dictionary Definition



1 give, sell, or transfer to another; "She disposed of her parents' possessions"
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, put 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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • US /dɪˈspəʉzd/
  • Rhymes: -əʊz


From disposer.


  1. To eliminate or to get rid of something.
    I dispose of my trash in the garbage can.
  2. To distribute and put in place.
  3. To deal out; to assign to a use.
  4. To incline
    In these uncertain times, I am disposed towards caution. (Used here intransitively in the passive voice)



to get rid of something



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, disposer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, disposer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, disposer




Extensive Definition

Dispose is design pattern which is used to handle resource clean up in systems which use garbage collection.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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