(third-person singular simple present dispenses, present participle dispensing, simple past and past participle dispensed)
- To issue, distribute, or put out.
- To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
- to dispense justice
- To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
- The pharmacist dispensed my tablets.
- An optician can dispense spectacles.
- To eliminate or do without; used intransitively with with.
- I wish he would dispense with the pleasantries and get to the point.
- It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance.
- He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself.
- His sin was dispensed / With gold, whereof it was compensed.
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”).