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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dispose, v. [ME. dispose (14th c.), OF. disposer.]

1. intr. To propose, design. c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 4/1.
I haue disposit and preponit to wryte … mekle of the hie and salutar mater of pennans

2. tr. To arrange, regulate. 1588 King Cat. H. v b.
At quhat tyme Iulius Cæsar disposed the ȝere according to the course of the sone

3. intr. With on or upon = Dispone v. 5 b. 1632 Lithgow Trav. iv. 166.
They dispose upon these proportions [of land] to valerous souldiers
1640-1 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 23.
The said gilt and curious worke … shall not be melted nor disposit upon befoire … Whitsounday next
Ib. 67.
With power … to use and dispose upon the tymber [etc.] … to the use of the publict
1658 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 172.
The said band … to be delyuerit to the counsell and disposit vpon at their pleasour
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i. i. § 3.
The Parliament can only dispose upon our lives and fortunes

4. tr. To dispose of, make use of. 1650 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 113.
The said cup … to be disposit be him to the best availl for macking of cupes to the kirkis use

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