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.
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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