1 If you have something at your disposal, you are able to use it whenever you want, and for whatever purpose you want. If you say that you are at someone's disposal, you mean that you are willing to help them in any way you can.
at one's disposal phrase usu PHR after v, v-link PHR
Do you have this information at your disposal?..., If I can be of service, I am at your disposal.
2 n-uncount Disposal is the act of getting rid of something that is no longer wanted or needed. oft n N, N of n ...methods for the permanent disposal of radioactive wastes.
Bomb disposal is the job of dealing with bombs which have not exploded, by taking out the fuse or by blowing them up in a controlled explosion. n-uncount usu N n
...an Army bomb disposal squad.
garbage disposal ( garbage disposals plural ) A garbage disposal or a garbage disposal unit is a small machine in the kitchen sink that breaks down waste matter so that it does not block the sink.
in BRIT, use waste disposal
waste disposal ( waste disposals plural ) A waste disposal or a waste disposal unit is a small machine in a kitchen sink that chops up vegetable waste.
in AM, use garbage disposal
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 clearance, discarding, dumping (informal) ejection, jettisoning, parting with, relinquishment, removal, riddance, scrapping, throwing away
2 arrangement, array, dispensation, disposition, distribution, grouping, placing, position
3 assignment, bequest, bestowal, consignment, conveyance, dispensation, gift, settlement, transfer
4 as in at one's disposal authority, conduct, control, determination, direction, discretion, government, management, ordering, regulation, responsibility
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
Add your entry in the Collaborative Dictionary.
- Create your own vocabulary list
- Contribute to the Collaborative Dictionary
- Improve and share your linguistic knowledge
"Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners 4th edition published in 2003 © HarperCollins Publishers 1987, 1995, 2001, 2003 and Collins A-Z Thesaurus 1st edition first published in 1995 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995"