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dispose of (someone or something)

1. To eliminate someone or something; to get rid of someone or something. The CEO is apt to dispose of any manager who does not agree with him all the time. After our basement flooded, we had to dispose of most of the boxes we'd stored down there.
2. To settle or resolve something. Jean is the best editor in the writing center, so she'll definitely dispose of any issues in your paper.
3. To relocate, sell, or give something away. Once I move into the city, I'll need to dispose of my car.
4. slang To kill someone. We need to dispose of the informant before he goes running to the police again.
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dispose of someone or something

to get rid of someone or something. (See also dispose of someone.) How can I dispose of this bothersome customer? Where shall I dispose of this wastepaper?
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dispose of someone

Sl. to kill someone. (See also dispose of someone or something.) Max suggested that he would dispose of Lefty if Lefty continued to be a pest. The boss ordered Max to dispose of Lefty.
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dispose of

1. Attend to, settle, deal with, as in He quickly disposed of the problem. [Early 1600s]
2. Transfer, part with, as by giving away or selling. For example, They wanted to dispose of the land as soon as possible. [Second half of 1600s]
3. Get rid of, throw out, as in Can we dispose of the trash in this barrel? Oliver Goldsmith had this idiom in She Stoops to Conquer (1773): "I'm disposing of the husband before I have secured the lover." [Mid-1600s]
4. Kill or destroy; also, humorously, consume. For example, The king was determined to dispose of his enemies, or John disposed of the cake in no time. [Second half of 1800s]
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dispose of

v.
1. To throw out or get rid of something: The government hired contractors to dispose of the nuclear waste.
2. To settle or attend to some problem, question, or situation: We quickly disposed of the problem before anyone found out.
3. To transfer or part with something, as by giving away or selling it: The bank disposed of its bad loans.
4. To kill or destroy someone: The dictator disposed of all his enemies.
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Businesses can dispose of their own waste, but must be able to provide Waste Transfer Notes or receipts showing where waste was disposed, the weight and the date it was tipped.
In 2004, Georgia residents and businesses spent an estimated $90 million to dispose of these items.
Thus, it is not necessary for T to dispose of all 100 shares to recognize the loss realized on the put option.
Either the administrator or the application must dispose of the data on the backup set.
Although 98% of households in al-Garda and 94% in al-Salamuniya had toilets, many of those households not connected to the sewage system did not safely dispose of effluent.
If you dispose of equipment yourself, make sure your IT department copies old data, then wipes information from the old hard drives with strong over writing programs, followed by strong magnets.
In the July 2001 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement about the health hazards of environmental mercury, and urged physicians and parents to stop using mercury thermometers and to dispose of them properly.
It is becoming more and more difficult to dispose of great quantities of material into the ground.
Realize Capital Loss On Stock While Preserving Investment Position: In some instances, it may be beneficial to dispose of a stock position in order to recognize the capital loss.
If the taxpayer holds those shares for more than a year and does not dispose of them, they are transferred to the long-term category and take the average cost of the disposed-of shares as their adjusted basis.
Japan will need to spend at least 100 billion yen to dispose of chemical weapons left in China by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, a government official in charge of the issue said Thursday.
Section 4734 provides that whoever "for a fee and knowingly and willfully counsels or assists an individual to dispose of assets (including any transfer in trust) in order for the individual to become eligible for medical assistance under a State plan under Title XIX, if disposing of the assets results in the imposition of a period of ineligibility for such assistance.
And until now, dumping bags of the fire-retarding and insulating fibers in landfills was the primary way to dispose of it.
Many hospitals are now providing free sharps containers, which they will dispose of when filled.
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