Dispense Definition

dispensed, dispenses, dispensing
dispensed, dispenses, dispensing
To give or deal out; distribute.
Webster's New World
To prepare and give out (medicines, prescriptions, etc.)
Webster's New World
To administer.
To dispense the law justly.
Webster's New World
To exempt; excuse.
Webster's New World
To exempt or release, as from a duty or religious obligation.
American Heritage

(obsolete) Cost, expenditure.


(obsolete) The act of dispensing, dispensation.

dispense with
  • to get rid of; do away with
  • to do without; manage without
Webster's New World

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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

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