Definition of disposal in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of getting rid of something.

    ‘the disposal of radioactive waste’
    count noun ‘consents for disposals at sea’
    • ‘The Act provides language for states to create regional compacts for the purpose of low-level radioactive waste disposal.’
    • ‘The expansion may boost an industry that stagnated in North America and Western Europe because of concern about safety and disposal of radioactive waste.’
    • ‘It is therefore important to ensure that surface waters systems are not used for processing effluent disposal.’
    • ‘Such a demonstration is essential to establishing informed public perceptions about the safety of nuclear waste disposal as an industrial process.’
    • ‘The only way that nuclear power can be economically viable is if the taxpayer is burdened with the huge costs of radioactive waste disposal and decommissioning.’
    • ‘The roots hold that soil through transport and processing, causing costly disposal problems.’
    • ‘Congress did pass legislation regarding control of radioactive waste disposal.’
    • ‘The assay does not use radiolabelled probes and hence the problem of disposal of radioactive material does not arise.’
    • ‘In fact, the project launched in 2001, had prevailed upon the Tourism Department to shelve proposals to install incinerators for waste disposal in the tourist hot spot.’
    • ‘The Stockholm Conference in 1972 had called for a registry of emissions of radioactivity and international co-operation on radioactive waste disposal and reprocessing.’
    • ‘As plastic objects manufactured and distributed by the millions, rock and roll CDs and their containers are implicated in the process of waste disposal.’
    • ‘These are all relevant when considering whether its disposal should be consented to.’
    • ‘It prohibits military activity, nuclear tests, and radioactive waste disposal.’
    • ‘Mr Atkinson said rules had changed regarding disposal of waste so the firm could no longer burn scrap wood on site, which would in turn fuel the building and furnaces.’
    • ‘Charging for waste disposal was one idea he threw out before hastily saying that that was not Tory policy.’
    • ‘Now the radioactive waste disposal for each site will be regulated through one organisation.’
    • ‘The disposal process varies depending on the situation.’
    • ‘Processing and disposal of hemp products would produce no industrial toxins, and certainly no dioxins.’
    • ‘Bradford Council has also issued a warning to business and residents, urging them to beware of conmen who are charging for waste disposal and then dumping it illegally.’
    • ‘The committee will also be in charge of law enforcement on the island and tasked to correct the chronic problems of poor waste disposal and sea pollution.’
    throwing away, getting rid of, discarding, jettisoning, ejection, scrapping, destruction
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    1. 1.1North American informal count noun A device fitted to the waste pipe of a kitchen sink for grinding up food waste.
      ‘garbage disposals that never worked’
      • ‘Although they look the same on the site, careful reading discloses that only the kitchen sink can accommodate a garbage disposal.’
      • ‘Did I mention that we don't have a garbage disposal?’
      • ‘As you can see, I'm still in denial about my lack of a garbage disposal.’
      • ‘Imports of such items as garbage disposals, filters, microwave ovens, and washers and dryers are expected to continue to expand.’
      • ‘Snails and tadpoles are nature's garbage disposals, feeding on decaying plant material and fish waste.’
      • ‘Several factors determine tank-pumping frequency including the number of people living in the home, water usage, and whether a garbage disposal is used.’
      • ‘The common problems in pipes are blocked toilets and drains (especially kitchen drains), failure of garbage disposals, and roots in sewer lines.’
      • ‘For the most part, garbage disposals are self-cleaning and virtually maintenance free.’
      • ‘The boat jerked and the motor gave a garbled cry like a garbage disposal with a spoon caught inside.’
      • ‘I am installing a dishwasher and a garbage disposal in my home.’
      • ‘When I grew up in the 1950s, only the wealthy owned color TVs, clothes dryers, stereos, dishwashers and disposals.’
      • ‘If you don't have a garbage disposal, keep your drain covered with a fine mesh strainer (available at most hardware stores) to prevent clogs.’
      • ‘We don't even have a garbage disposal unit in our flat.’
      • ‘When we bought the dishwasher we also bought a garbage disposal because a new dishwasher won't work without one.’
      • ‘New to the Bulgarian marketplace, garbage disposals are a standard feature in most Western homes.’
      • ‘All the appliances are new - the refrigerator, garbage disposal and a microwave built in over the stove.’
      • ‘Range filters and hoods are part of this maintenance, as well as garbage cans and disposals.’
      • ‘She allegedly forced treasures down the waste disposal or threw others into the Rhine-Rhone canal near the Swiss border.’
      • ‘Yes, they are, and I'm sure power grids endured redlining surges as garbage disposals clean up the treacly detritus en masse.’
      • ‘Its eyes were screwed up like the twisty ends of lolly wrappers and its mouth was open wide like a garbage disposal unit, but three times as loud.’
    2. 1.2 The action of overcoming a rival or threat.
      ‘England's 4-0 disposal of Turkey’
      • ‘Barcelona all but ensured qualification from Group E of the Champions League with a clinical disposal of Rangers.’
  • 2The sale of shares, property, or other assets.

    ‘the disposal of his shares in the company’
    count noun ‘disposals of fixed and non-current assets’
    • ‘"The group will continue to implement its orderly disposal of assets to help provide working capital for the group's operation, " it said.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Proprietary Relations of the Russian Federation is the federal executive body responsible for management and disposal of the state property.’
    • ‘Income from rentals will be pooled, limiting loss exposure on any individual property and future disposal of property is also protected against capital gains tax.’
    • ‘The Defence Act defines these items as Commonwealth property and their disposal by private sale is forbidden.’
    • ‘They will seemingly pay for disposal based on market share.’
    • ‘He said there was a ‘good level of progress’ on the asset disposal programme, but that much remained to be done.’
    • ‘Someone who is resident but not domiciled in Ireland at the date of disposal of shares acquired on the exercise of an option may be liable to capital gains tax.’
    • ‘A large share disposal might send out a bad signal, so watch out also for persistent small disposals.’
    • ‘Stamp duty on disposal of shares is lower than stamp duty on transfer of property.’
    • ‘Internationally, Finnegan believes corporations are likely to re-evaluate their plans for property asset disposals in light of current economic conditions.’
    • ‘That is not the distribution of property or disposal of property about which the delegate of the Commissioner formed his opinion.’
    • ‘The first phase - focused on rationalisation and asset disposal - has been successfully completed and management deserves credit for this.’
    • ‘I did not hear the moderator ask both aspirants to detail the rationale for future asset management / disposal strategies.’
    • ‘The markets are awaiting further news from the company on its asset disposal programme, designed to raise €1.5 billion by the end of next year.’
    • ‘All this means that there could be several people involved in decisions about the management and disposal of the property, who may each have different views about what ought to be done with it.’
    • ‘So that part of what occurred, namely the devaluation of those shares and their subsequent disposal, could operate as a scheme.’
    • ‘The disposal of the shares in the company will trigger a charge to CGT (capital gains tax).’
    • ‘Pundits say that the timing of the National Stabilization Fund share disposal is the key to halting further losses.’
    • ‘The SecureDelete feature will permanently erase data on any disk, which helps prepare machines for sale, donation or disposal.’
    • ‘There is no Capital Gains Tax on any future disposal of the property.’
    distribution, handing out, giving out, giving away, allotment, allocation, donation, transfer, transference, making over, conveyance, bestowal, bequest
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  • 3literary The arrangement of something.

    ‘she brushed her hair carefully, as if her success lay in the sleek disposal of each gleaming black thread’
    • ‘A player who is infringed upon, immediately following the disposal of the ball, may have a fellow team-mate take the free kick from the spot where the ball landed after being disposed of.’
    • ‘I have an open mind as to whether a hospital order is the right disposal in the end.’
    • ‘Andersen said Duncan called an urgent meeting to organize the quick disposal of Enron-related documents.’
    • ‘Brady has made detailed arrangements for his funeral and the disposal of letters sent to him by Hindley.’
    • ‘What determines the disposal of energy in the products of electronically inelastic collisions?’
    arrangement, arranging, ordering, positioning, placement, lining up, setting up, organization, disposition
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  • at one's disposal

    • Available for one to use whenever or however one wishes.

      ‘a helicopter was put at their disposal’
      • ‘Life saving oxygen equipment is now at the disposal of both Geraldton Secondary College campuses.’
      • ‘Carlow Golf Club put the course at the disposal of various organisations over the six days as well as notifying all golf clubs in Leinster of the competition.’
      • ‘The cinematography uses every tool at director Frank Darabont's disposal in order to capture the desired tones.’
      • ‘With no other options at their immediate disposal, the students position themselves to resist this challenge.’
      • ‘Dozens of cultivation tools are at the organic producer's disposal, he added, from rotary hoes to new machines that simply vibrate soil to uproot newly sprouted weeds.’
      • ‘I think we have seen what I have at my disposal for next season.’
      • ‘Ah, the wonders of an endless treasury at one's disposal.’
      • ‘Clearly, art is a question of what one does with the resources at one's disposal.’
      • ‘The field used for the parking of cars on that night was kindly put at the disposal of the organising committee by Percy Flynn and the Flynn family.’
      • ‘He really didn't want to discuss the virtues and vices of having a female body at one's disposal with his far more hormone-driven best friend.’
      for use by, in reserve for, in the hands of, in the possession of, within the reach of, within easy reach of, at someone's fingertips
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  • at someone's disposal

    • Ready to assist the person concerned in any way they wish.

      ‘I am at your disposal until Sunday’
      • ‘The little striker, one of five at Bobby Williamson 's disposal, ran at Celtic with refreshing confidence, and might have scored had his fierce shot from 25 yards not soared wide of the left-hand post.’
      • ‘And after becoming the only senior striker at Steve Cotterill 's disposal ahead of tomorrow's tasty Turf Moor clash with Liverpool, Moore now has the Reds fixed firmly in his sights.’
      • ‘It does, and it matters because if the Kirk could sort out its structures and its bureaucracy it would free up the many fine, creative and energetic people it has at its disposal.’
      • ‘Ritchie signed for Rangers without having spoken to his new manager but was happy to put his career at the Dutchman 's disposal.’
      • ‘I'd prefer to play in the midfield, but I'm completely at the coach 's disposal.’
      • ‘It's hardly a level playing field in terms of the personnel at each manager 's disposal, but the pitch itself might well make up for that.’
      • ‘Nor was it unusual for police resources to be diverted from their official use to be put at the disposal of this parallel structure.’
      • ‘He was taken aback, particularly given the youthful resources at Magath 's disposal, by the extent to which both had tinkered with successful squads.’
      • ‘It says something about the quality of players at Antonio Oliveira 's disposal when a side who haven't even qualified for the World Cup in 16 years are being tipped, albeit as an outside bet, to lift the trophy that is coveted around the globe.’
      • ‘The rampaging left back ended the year as the only outfield player at Stan Ternent 's disposal to have started every single game.’