Definition of dispense
1a : to divide and share out according to a plan : to deal out in portions dispense food among the needyb : administer dispense justice
3 : to prepare and distribute (medication) dispensing pills to their patients
archaic : to grant dispensation
1 : to set aside : discard dispensing with the usual introduction
2 : to do without could dispense with such a large staff
Examples of dispense in a Sentence
The ATM only dispenses $20 bills.
a newspaper columnist who dispenses advice to millions of readers each week
Pharmacists are certified to dispense medication.
Recent Examples of dispense from the Web
This season dispenses with all the fluff and has gotten to the good stuff in the first two episodes.
Consider Dior’s next-generation Brow Styler, which calls on a click-brush applicator to dispense just the right amount of lightweight—but powerful—gel.
Robinson is then shown dispensing financial advice.
These basic historical facts provide more reasons to dispense with narratives of a racially innocuous Confederate past.
Under the supervision of physicians and dentists, students assisted with everything from tooth extractions to pap smears, dispensed medicine, and educated young and old on nutrition and dental hygiene.
Unlike methadone treatment, which must be done in a structured clinic, buprenorphine is the first opioid dependency treatment medication that can be prescribed or dispensed in a doctor's office.
Of the fates dispensed by draft boards, the one that the men fear and despise most is to be classified for limited service because of some physical defeat.
Boise plans to dispense the compost for free from three or four sites scattered around the city.
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Synonym Discussion of dispense
DISPENSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dispense for English Language Learners
: to give or provide (something)
: to prepare and give (medicine)
DISPENSE Defined for Kids
Definition of dispense for Students
1 : to give out in small amounts The machine dispenses candy.
2 : to give out as deserved The judge dispensed justice.
3 : to put up or prepare medicine in a form ready for use
: to do or get along without Let's dispense with introductions.
Medical Definition of dispense
1: to put up (a prescription or medicine)
2: to prepare and distribute (medication)
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