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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dispense.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole outverb

    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. dispenseverb

    grant a dispensation; grant an exemption

    "I was dispensed from this terrible task"

  3. administer, dispenseverb

    give or apply (medications)


  1. dispensenoun

    Cost, expenditure.

  2. dispensenoun

    The act of dispensing, dispensation.

  3. dispenseverb

    To issue, distribute, or put out.

  4. dispenseverb

    To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.

  5. dispenseverb

    To eliminate or do without–used intransitively with with.

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

  6. dispenseverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dispenseverb

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

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  2. Dispenseverb

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

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  3. Dispenseverb

    to pay for; to atone for

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  4. Dispenseverb

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

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  5. Dispenseverb

    to compensate; to make up; to make amends

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  6. Dispenseverb

    to give dispensation

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  7. Dispenseverb

    dispensation; exemption

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

  8. Dispensenoun

    expense; profusion; outlay

    Etymology: [OF. despense, F. dpense.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dispense

    dis-pens′, v.t. to deal out in portions: to distribute: to administer: (Spens.) to pay for.—n. expense: profession: abundance.—adj. Dispensed′.—n. Dispens′er.—Dispense with, to permit the want of: to do without. [Fr. dispenser—L. dis, asunder, pensare, inten. of pendĕre, to weigh.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispense in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dispense in a Sentence

  1. Niall Mottram:

    Being able to hit a moving target is challenging. And hitting a moving target that varies in appearance is even more so. So being able to differentiate from color and shape, and then being able to calculate how quickly you're moving and therefore at what point you should dispense so that you hit your target; that requires some pretty sophisticated algorithms.

  2. Katrina Mark:

    They are only licensed to dispense to people who have medical marijuana cards, this does not mean that they are staffed by people that have any sort of medical education.

  3. Louis Aragon:

    There exists a black kingdom which the eyes of man avoid because its landscape fails signally to flatter them. This darkness, which he imagines he can dispense with in describing the light, is error with its unknown characteristics. Error is certainty's constant companion. Error is the corollary of evidence. And anything said about truth may equally well be said about error: the delusion will be no greater.

  4. Perry Brass:

    The god that you dispense with today, will come back as a demon tomorrow.

  5. Charles Babcock:

    Every one of them tested the same, which is what was impressive, especially considering the fact that we had actually dispensed these products to patients, i dispense naloxone to patients all the time, and I had a couple come in after it had expired, and they had used it, and people were brought back to life.

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Translations for dispense

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  • الاستغناءArabic
  • минавам без, раздавам, разпределямBulgarian
  • verteilen, austeilen, dosieren, ausgeben, abgebenGerman
  • باطل کردنPersian
  • jakaa, jättää väliin, tarjota, ohittaa, antaaFinnish
  • émettre, doser, distribuer, éliminer, partager, dispenserFrench
  • tuariMāori
  • afschaffen, uitdelen, uitgeven, doseren, verdelenDutch
  • dispensarPortuguese
  • undvara, lösa, utminutera, frita, dela ut, frikalla, fördela, skriva ut, utge, vara utan, dosera, förmedla, förskriva, ge ut, avvara, utdelaSwedish
  • tevzi etmek, dağıtmak, hazırlamak, bırakmakTurkish
  • 发放Chinese

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. aggravate
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