from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To spend or expend.
- v. To waste or squander.
- v. To distribute or dispense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To spend; to lay out; to expend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pay out; expend.
Those Roman knights were so called, if they could dispend per annum so much.
And that money goeth throughout all the country and throughout all his provinces, for there and beyond them they make no money neither of gold nor of silver; and therefore he may dispend enough, and outrageously.
This emperor may dispend as much as he will without estimation; for he not dispendeth ne maketh no money but of leather imprinted or of paper.
Yeomen are those which by our law are called _Legales homines_, free men born English, and may dispend of their own free land in yearly revenue to the sum of forty shillings sterling, or six pounds as money goeth in our times.
Also in England no man is commonly created baron except he may dispend of yearly revenues a thousand pounds, or so much as may fully maintain and bear out his countenance and port.
And this also is a cause wherefore there be many in England able to dispend a knight's living, which never come unto that countenance, and by their own consents.
We be all come from one father and one mother, Adam and Eve: whereby can they say or shew that they be greater lords than we be, saving by that they cause us to win and labour for that they dispend?
His borrowings are like subsidies, each man a shilling or two, as he can well dispend; which they lend him, not with a hope to be repaid, but that he will come no more.
Moreouer, euerie man and woman that might dispend in lands the value of twentie shillings
Moreouer, he caused a certificat to be taken of euerie mans substance, and what he might dispend by the yeare; he also caused their names to be written which held knights fees, and were bound thereby to serue him in the wars.