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
Boise plans to dispense the compost for free from three or four sites scattered around the city.
Those teeming parts, which together last some seven hours, are run through with Mr. Kush-ner’s arresting dialogue, in which characters dispense impassioned political diatribes and lots of gallows humor.
But on a May afternoon, the Orange County pediatrician was at a Ralph’s supermarket in Tustin, Calif., dispensing shopping tips instead of pills.
Hailing from Northwest Indiana, the eclectic Fresh Hops will dispense their jam-band sounds as a host of breweries present their product inside the 4-H and Industrial buildings.
Between 2012 and 2016, the total number of opioid doses dispensed to Ohio patients declined by 20.4 percent -- from a peak of 793 million pills to 631 million pills, according to the State Board of Pharmacy.
Smart, to his credit, also appeared to dispense with the fact that three out of Georgia’s five losses were by three points or less.
Nordstrom was certain kids would enjoy books that mirrored their complex inner lives instead of dispensing pat morals.
And the milk dispenses automatically, after which the C3000 shuts off.
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Origin and Etymology 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
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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