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Meaning of DISPENSE

Pronunciation:  di'spens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give or apply, as of medications
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  grant a dispensation; grant an exemption; "I was dispensed from this terrible task"

DISPENSE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: administer, administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
 See Also: apply, apply, assign, care for, digitalize, dispense with, exempt, foreswear, forgo, free, give, give, inject, portion, reallot, relieve, relinquish, shoot, transfuse, treat, waive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*pense"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dispensed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Dispensing}.] [F. dispenser, L. dispensare, intens.
    of dispendere. See {Dispend}.]
    1. To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the
       steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature
       dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines.
             He is delighted to dispense a share of it to all the
             company.                              --Sir W.
    2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to
       execute; to manage; to direct.
             While you dispense the laws, and guide the state.
    3. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.]
             His sin was dispensed With gold, whereof it was
             compensed.                            --Gower.
    4. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with from.
             It was resolved that all members of the House who
             held commissions, should be dispensed from
             parliamentary attendance.             --Macaulay.
             He appeared to think himself born to be supported by
             others, and dispensed from all necessity of
             providing for himself.                --Johnson.
  2. \Dis*pense"\, v. i.
    1. To compensate; to make up; to make amends. [Obs.]
             One loving hour For many years of sorrow can
             dispense.                             --Spenser.
    2. To give dispensation.
             He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters of
             ecclesiastical law.                   --Addis &
                                                   Arnold (Cath.
                                                   Dict. )
    {To dispense with}.
       (a) To permit the neglect or omission of, as a form, a
           ceremony, an oath; to suspend the operation of, as a
           law; to give up, release, or do without, as services,
           attention, etc.; to forego; to part with.
       (b) To allow by dispensation; to excuse; to exempt; to
           grant dispensation to or for. [Obs.] ``Conniving and
           dispensing with open and common adultery.'' --Milton.
       (c) To break or go back from, as one's word. [Obs.]
  3. \Dis*pense"\, n. [Cf. F. dispense dispensation. See
    {Dispense}, v. t.]
    Dispensation; exemption. [Obs.]
  4. \Dis*pense"\, n. [OF. despense, F. d['e]pense.]
    Expense; profusion; outlay. [Obs.]
          It was a vault built for great dispense. --Spenser.
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