dis-, di-, dif-
(Latin: separation, apart, asunder; removal, away, from; negation, deprivation, undoing, reversal, utterly, completely; in different directions)
The meaning of dis- varies with different words; dif-, assimilated form of dis- before f; di-, form of dis- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v.
2. To burst with a noise; to explode.
2. To play in a carefree fashion or to amuse oneself in a lighthearted manner: Little Jimmy was disporting with the other children in his class on the school grounds.
3. Etymology: from Anglo-French disporter, "to divert, to amuse"; from Old French desporter, "to seek amusement"; literally, "to carry away" (from serious matters); from des-, "away" + porter, "to carry"; from Latin portare, "to carry".
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When on vacation, Mark and Maxine were at a resort where they could take part in a variety of disportive activities out on the beach.
2. To put (business affairs, for example) into correct, definitive, or a conclusive form: James disposed his assets and property in a conscientious manner.
3. To put into a willing or receptive frame of mind: Irene's teacher is well disposed to think highly of the music of J. S. Bach.
4. To transfer or part with, as by giving or selling something: Gary decided to dispose of his antique car when he retired.
5. To get rid of; to throw out: Some people dispose of the most astonishing household objects; such as, good mirrors, furniture, etc.
2. An act of getting rid of something or giving it to another person: The disposition of Uncle Jim's property was easily accomplished.
The safe disposition of toxic refuse is highly contested in some neighborhoods.3. An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others: Mayor Nelson's disposition on the topic of waste management was to expand the land fill sites.
Some animals and humans have sweet or sour dispositions, or personalities; and some of them also share the disposition to eat greedily, to yawn loudly, or to run around making odd noises.4. A final settlement: The court made a final disposition of the deceased's property to specific relatives.
2. Etymology: from Old French despossesser, "to dispossess", from des-, "dis-, lack of, not" + possesser, "possess" which stands forpots-sidere, literally "to sit as a master".
The first element is a contraction of potis, "able, mighty, powerful"; while the second element is related to sedere, "to sit" and "to sit down".