Meaning of “dispose of sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"dispose of sb/sth" in British English

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dispose of sb/sth

phrasal verb with dispose uk /dɪˈspəʊz/ us /dɪˈspoʊz/ verb formal

C1 to get rid of someone or something or deal with something so that the matter is finished:

How did they dispose of the body?
It took only five minutes for the world champion to dispose of (= defeat) his opponent.

More examples

  • Surely there must be a better way to dispose of nuclear waste?
  • He never uses that bike any more, but he's very reluctant to dispose of it.
  • Some farmers were disposing of animal carcasses in secret.
  • He strangled her with her own scarf and then disposed of her body in the woods.
  • There is a recycling bin in the car park where you can dispose of your drinks cans.

(Definition of “dispose of sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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