Definitions for dispensedɪˈspɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•pensedɪˈspɛns(v.; n.)-pensed, -pens•ing

  1. (v.t.)to deal out; distribute.

  2. to administer:

    to dispense the law without bias.

  3. to make up and distribute (medicine), esp. on prescription.

    Category: Pharmacology

  4. Rom. Cath. Ch. to grant a dispensation to.

    Category: Religion

  5. (v.i.)to grant dispensation.

  6. dispense with, to do without. to get rid of.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  7. (n.)Obs.

    Ref: expenditure .

Origin of dispense:

1275–1325; ME < ML dispēnsāre to pardon, exempt, L: to pay out, distribute =dis-dis -1+pēnsāre, freq. of pendere to weigh

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out(verb)

    administer or bestow, as in small portions

    "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"

  2. dispense(verb)

    grant a dispensation; grant an exemption

    "I was dispensed from this terrible task"

  3. administer, dispense(verb)

    give or apply (medications)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dispense(verb)ɪˈspɛns

    to supply sth to sb

    to dispense medicines


  1. dispense(Noun)

    Cost, expenditure.

  2. dispense(Noun)

    The act of dispensing, dispensation.

  3. dispense(Verb)

    To issue, distribute, or put out.

  4. dispense(Verb)

    To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.

  5. dispense(Verb)

    To eliminate or do withoutu2013used intransitively with with.

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

  6. dispense(Verb)

    To give a dispensation to (someone) to do something against the law.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dispense(verb)

    to deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines

  2. Dispense(verb)

    to apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct

  3. Dispense(verb)

    to pay for; to atone for

  4. Dispense(verb)

    to exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with from

  5. Dispense(verb)

    to compensate; to make up; to make amends

  6. Dispense(verb)

    to give dispensation

  7. Dispense(verb)

    dispensation; exemption

  8. Dispense(noun)

    expense; profusion; outlay

Translations for dispense

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give or deal out.

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