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dispense

verb dis·pense \di-ˈspen(t)s\

: to give or provide (something)

: to prepare and give (medicine)

dis·penseddis·pens·ing

Full Definition of DISPENSE

transitive verb
1
a :  to deal out in portions
b :  administer <dispense justice>
2
:  to give dispensation to :  exempt
3
:  to prepare and distribute (medication)
intransitive verb
archaic :  to grant dispensation
dispense with
1
:  to set aside :  discard <dispensing with the usual introduction>
2
:  to do without <could dispense with such a large staff>

Examples of DISPENSE

  1. The ATM only dispenses $20 bills.
  2. a newspaper columnist who dispenses advice to millions of readers each week
  3. Pharmacists are certified to dispense medication.

Origin of DISPENSE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin dispensare to exempt, from Latin, to distribute, from dis- + pensare to weigh, frequentative of pendere to weigh, pay out — more at spin
First Known Use: 14th century

dispense

transitive verb dis·pense \dis-ˈpen(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)
dis·penseddis·pens·ing

Medical Definition of DISPENSE

1
:  to put up (a prescription or medicine)
2
:  to prepare and distribute (medication)

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