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 Detectives also learned that the two people had attempted to use one of the victim's credit cards to purchase marijuana at a medical marijuana dispensary, police said. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Police arrest El Mirage man suspected of murdering 2 people inside their home," 9 July 2020 At age 23, Leckakay dropped out of college and left her part-time job at a weed dispensary to livestream videogames full-time on Mixer. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Is It Game Streaming's Turn For a Labor Revolution?," 8 July 2020 But the feds say this was a sham; in reality, absolutsoda.com was just a front for a marijuana dispensary. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "IT pros indicted after arranging credit card payments for weed startup," 8 July 2020 But the former Catholic school principal has found a new mission with senior citizens: providing them with information and access to cannabis through her California dispensary, Farmacy Berkeley. Mike Jordan, WSJ, "The Word of God in the Age of Legal Marijuana," 28 June 2020 The next month, Josh was laid off for two weeks as a salesperson at a medical marijuana dispensary and then rehired at less than full-time. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona loosens rules so more renters hurt by COVID-19 should qualify for financial help," 16 June 2020 Those who use the gym in Gresham, which covers more than 120,000 square feet, are able to social distance much more easily than in a liquor store or dispensary, Eisenzimmer said. oregonlive, "Multnomah County gym opens despite governor’s coronavirus orders," 13 June 2020 Close to 56,000 Ohioans have purchased medical marijuana at the state’s dispensaries. cleveland, "Ohio medical marijuana created an estimated 4,275 jobs: report," 7 Feb. 2020 Through the first two quarters of fiscal year 2020, Pittsfield brought in $448,000 in revenue from the two adult-use recreational dispensaries that operate within the city. Chris Linski, BostonGlobe.com, "Marijuana sales help Pittsfield save for rainy day," 10 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dispensary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dispensary

1699, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dispensary

Time Traveler for dispensary

Time Traveler

The first known use of dispensary was in 1699

See more words from the same year

Statistics for dispensary

Last Updated

19 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dispensary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispensary. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dispensary


How to pronounce dispensary (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dispensary

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dispensary

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dispensary

Spanish Central: Translation of dispensary

Comments on dispensary

What made you want to look up dispensary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!