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dispense

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verb dis·pense \di-ˈspen(t)s\

Simple Definition of dispense

  • : to give or provide (something)

  • : to prepare and give (medicine)

Full Definition of dispense

dis·penseddis·pens·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deal out in portions b :  administer <dispense justice>

  3. 2 :  to give dispensation to :  exempt

  4. 3 :  to prepare and distribute (medication)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. archaic :  to grant dispensation

dispense with
  1. 1 :  to set aside :  discard <dispensing with the usual introduction>

  2. 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

Synonym Discussion of dispense

distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts <distributed food to the needy>. dispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need <dispensed wisdom to the students>. divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal <three charitable groups divided the proceeds>. deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece <deal out equipment and supplies>. dole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply <doled out what little food there was>.

Medical Dictionary

dispense

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transitive verb dis·pense \dis-ˈpen(t)s\

Medical Definition of dispense

dis·penseddis·pens·ing

  1. 1:  to put up (a prescription or medicine)

  2. 2:  to prepare and distribute (medication)






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