dis·​pens·​er | \ di-ˈspen(t)-sər How to pronounce dispenser (audio) \

Definition of dispenser

: one that dispenses: such as
a : a container that extrudes, sprays, or feeds out in convenient units a soap dispenser
b : a usually mechanical device for vending merchandise

Examples of dispenser in a Sentence

hospitals and other health-care dispensers
Recent Examples on the Web There was a crumpled note, along with a food dispenser, and then this cat in his box. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 The water dispenser has built-in UV lights that purify the water. Chris Hachey, BGR, 23 Apr. 2021 Thursday’s pitches included nostrums for prostate enlargement and joint pain and a pill dispenser, not generally a young person’s needs. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Use the collapsible floating chemical dispenser to add tablets to your pool water. Catie Parrish, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 May 2021 This way, there’s no squeezing or rolling to worry about and there’s also no waste because the dispenser sucks out the toothpaste and leaves nothing behind. Maren Estrada, BGR, 11 May 2021 Although a soap dispenser isn’t necessarily an organizing tool, Cruzado likes using matching accessories to reduce visual clutter. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 The menstrual pad dropped into the dispenser with a soft thud. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 29 Mar. 2021 Leftover laundry detergent, fabric softener and soil stuck to the dispenser, inner parts and washtub can deposit on clothes, leaving behind marks and stains. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of dispenser

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2021

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“Dispenser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispenser. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispenser

: a machine or container that lets you take small amounts of something
: a person or organization that gives or provides something to people


dis·​pens·​er | \ di-ˈspen-sər How to pronounce dispenser (audio) \

Kids Definition of dispenser

: a container that gives out something in small amounts a soap dispenser

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