What does dispense mean?

Definitions for dispensedɪˈspɛns

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 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)


  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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lindsey Graham:

    They've made their beds so let's dispense with the outrage.

  2. Perry Brass:

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

  3. Dick Cavett:

    As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

  4. Ruckett:

    In the perfect wedlock, the man, I should say, is the head, but the woman the heart, with which he cannot dispense.

  5. John Cornyn:

    Every action has a reaction and in this case it is simple justice, they've made their beds so let's dispense with the outrage.

Images & Illustrations of dispense

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Translations for dispense

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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