dis·​pen·​sa·​ry | \ di-ˈspen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce dispensary (audio) \
plural dispensaries

Definition of dispensary

: a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed

Examples of dispensary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Love was gunned down around 11 p.m. on June 2 of last year while working security at an unlicensed dispensary on Troy Street near Sweetwater Road, just east of state Route 125, according to sheriff’s investigators. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2021 The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) found that Carlos Perez, 26, went into Maggie’s Farm, a marijuana dispensary, while his wife, Ashlynne, 25, remained in the car with their two children Tuesday. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 9 July 2021 The owner, 39-year-old Cindy De La Vega, who grew up in Sunnydale’s public housing projects and has been a longtime activist with United Playaz, a local violence prevention nonprofit, now holds the title of the city’s first Latina dispensary owner. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 June 2021 For instance, the bank is also providing a telemedicine van to remote villages, along with a dispensary on the wheel. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 25 June 2021 Another former employee alleges she was reprimanded and laid off after reporting that a pot dispensary connected to Martinez was operating without a license. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Nicholson is suspected of running over two people near a casino, killing one of them, shooting and killing someone inside a marijuana dispensary and killing a third person before fleeing in their truck. oregonlive, 20 June 2021 Leafly, another weed and dispensary review site, wrote about Delta-8 THC and tested its effectiveness. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 17 June 2021 What, exactly, is on tap for cannathusiasts who trek to this Disneyesque dispensary? Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of dispensary

1699, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispensary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispensary. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispensary

: a place where medicine or minor medical treatment is given


dis·​pen·​sa·​ry | \ dis-ˈpen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce dispensary (audio) \
plural dispensaries

Medical Definition of dispensary

: a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed

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