Variant of dispense
- to give or deal out; distribute
- to prepare and give out (medicines, prescriptions, etc.)
- to administer: to dispense the law justly
- to exempt; excuse
Origin: Middle English dispensen ; from Old French despenser ; from Classical Latin dispensare, to pay out ; from past participle of dispendere, to weigh out ; from dis-, out plush pendere, to weigh: see pendant
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