What does dispense mean?

Definitions for dispense

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 without–used 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

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

  2. Dispense(verb)

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

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

  3. Dispense(verb)

    to pay for; to atone for

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

  4. Dispense(verb)

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

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

  5. Dispense(verb)

    to compensate; to make up; to make amends

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

  6. Dispense(verb)

    to give dispensation

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

  7. Dispense(verb)

    dispensation; exemption

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

  8. Dispense(noun)

    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. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto:

    We(Pakistan) will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own (Atom bomb).... We have no other choice!” ― Zulfikar Ali Bhutto The people have realized that Martial Law is not law. A regime not established by law is devoid of the attribute to dispense law. A regime which puts in a bunker the highest law in the land does not have the moral authority to say that nobody is above the law.” ― Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, bOOK.If I Am Assassinated

  2. Dick Cavett:

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

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action.

  4. 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.

  5. Nancy Young:

    It may not be covered, or well covered, by insurance, if the child is funded through public aid, for instance, there may not be providers in the area that will dispense hearing aids.

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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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