American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deal out in parts or portions; distribute. See Synonyms at distribute.
- v. To prepare and give out (medicines).
- v. To administer (laws, for example).
- v. To exempt or release, as from a duty or religious obligation.
- v. To grant a dispensation or exemption.
- dispense with To manage without; forgo: Let's dispense with the formalities.
- dispense with To get rid of; do away with: a country that has dispensed with tariff barriers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deal or divide out; give forth diffusively, or in some general way; practise distribution of: as, the sun dispenses heat and light; to dispense charity, medicines, etc.
- To administer; apply, as laws to particular cases; put in force.
- To relieve; excuse; set free from an obligation; exempt; grant dispensation to.
- To atone for; secure pardon or forgiveness for.
- Synonyms Dispense, Distribute, Allot, Apportion, Assign. Dispense is to be distinguished from the others in that it expresses an indiscriminate or general giving, while they express a particular and personal giving; as, to distribute gifts; to assign the parts in a play, etc.
- To make amends; compensate.
- To bargain for a dispensation; compound.
- To give up the possession or use of; do without: as, to dispense with all but the bare necessaries of life; I can dispense with your services.
- To give up the observance or practice of; do away with; disregard.
- To put up with; allow; condone.
- To excuse; exempt; set free, as from an obligation.
- To do or perform: as, to dispense with miracles.
- To dispose of; consume.
- n. Dispensation.
- n. Expense; expenditure; profusion.
- n. A larder; a spence.
- To put up (a medical prescription).
- v. To issue, distribute, or put out.
- v. To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
- v. To eliminate or do without–used intransitively with with.
- v. obsolete To give a dispensation to (someone) to do something against the law.
- n. obsolete Cost, expenditure.
- n. obsolete The act of dispensing, dispensation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give
- v. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
- v. obsolete To pay for; to atone for.
- v. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with
- v. obsolete To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
- v. To give dispensation.
- n. obsolete Dispensation; exemption.
- n. obsolete Expense; profusion; outlay.
- v. give or apply (medications)
- v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
- v. grant a dispensation; grant an exemption
- From Old French despenser (Modern French dépenser), from Latin dispensare ("to weight out, pay out, distribute, regulate, manage, control, dispense"), frequentative of dispendere ("to weight out"), from dis- ("apart") + pendere ("to weigh"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dispensen, from Old French dispenser, from Latin dispēnsāre, to distribute, frequentative of dispendere, to weigh out : dis-, out; see dis- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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