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 Now Kemp, 52, owns a stake in a Seattle marijuana dispensary bearing his name. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Engage developed out of Niles’ dual actions of approving video gaming and allowing a marijuana dispensary, said Darren Brown, the director of Niles Family Services, under whose auspices Engage operates. George Castle, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 Homeowner Marion Cockayne agreed, pointing out that the city already has a methadone clinic and a medical marijuana dispensary. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 7 Sep. 2022 Justice Department officials also alleged that George made threats to a marijuana dispensary in Rockville, Md. and a Denny’s in Connecticut in September. Shayna Jacobs, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 So, before putting money into a pot farm or dispensary, whether through a stock or your own work, go through the numbers with an accountant, determine how much money would likely go to taxes, and then see how much sense investing your nest egg is. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Arquette is an investor in a cannabis lounge set to open soon, and Harrelson and Maher are backing a dispensary and lounge that is under construction, city officials said. Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 The lower floors held wards for illness and maternity, and the ground level contained the dispensary and waiting room. New York Times, 18 May 2021 Last month, the latest cannabis dispensary and lounge opened in an old bank building following $1 million of renovations. NBC News, 10 May 2021 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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