Dispense meaning

dĭ-spĕns'
To prepare and give out (medicines, prescriptions, etc.)
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To dispense is to give out something, especially a specific portion or amount or to exempt from a rule.

An example of dispense is when a person hands out fliers about a new store.

An example of dispense is when you put aside your anger to make a deal.

An example of dispense is when a prosecutor gives immunity to a witness.

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To administer (laws, for example).
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To exempt or release, as from a duty or religious obligation.
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To grant a dispensation or exemption.
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To give or deal out; distribute.
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To administer.

To dispense the law justly.

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To exempt; excuse.
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To give or deal out, especially in parts or portions.

A vending machine that dispenses potato chips.

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To prepare and give out medicines.
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To issue, distribute, or put out.
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To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.

To dispense justice.

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To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.

The pharmacist dispensed my tablets.

An optician can dispense spectacles.

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To eliminate or do without; used intransitively with with.

I wish he would dispense with the pleasantries and get to the point.

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Macaulay.

It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance.

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Johnson.

He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself.

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Gower.

His sin was dispensed / With gold, whereof it was compensed.

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(obsolete) Cost, expenditure.
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(obsolete) The act of dispensing, dispensation.
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dispense with
  • To get rid of; do away with.
  • To do without; manage without.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of dispense

  • Middle English dispensen from Old French dispenser from Latin dispēnsāre to distribute frequentative of dispendere to weigh out dis- out dis– pendere to weigh (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French dispenser, from Latin dispensare (“to weight out, pay out, distribute, regulate, manage, control, dispense”), frequentative of dispendere (“to weight out”), from dis- (“apart”) + pendere (“to weigh”).
    From Wiktionary