Definitions of dispense

  1. give or apply, as of medications
  2. administer or bestow, as in small portions; " administer critical remarks to everyone present"; " dole out some money"; " shell out pocket money for the children"; " deal a blow to someone"
  3. give or apply ( medications)
  4. To pay for; to atone for.
  5. To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines.
  6. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
  7. To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
  8. To give dispensation.
  9. Dispensation; exemption.
  10. Expense; profusion; outlay.
  11. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; - with from.
  12. To deal out in portions; as, to dispense food; distribute; carry out; enforce; as, to dispense justice.
  13. Dispenser.
  14. To weigh or deal out in portions: to distribute: to administer.
  15. To deal out; administer.- dispense with, to do with out.
  16. To deal out in portions; administer, as laws.
  17. To relieve or excuse, as from obligation.
  18. To grant dispensation.
  19. To deal out in parts or portions; to distribute; to administer. To dispense with, to permit the want of; to do without; to disregard; to excuse from; to let pass.

Usage examples for dispense

  1. Persons of any religious creed may, therefore, dispense instruction or receive it, except as regards religion itself, the College being equally open to all. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan
  2. We could dispense with illustrations- at least one illustration will be quite sufficient. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  3. Prescindir de una cosa: To dispense with anything. – Pitman's Commercial Spanish Grammar (2nd ed.) by C. A. Toledano
  4. I was so much better that I thought I could dispense with one. – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. The saying that the Emperor could not dispense with him, but he might do without the Emperor, had originally applied to his father, whose position he filled to the monarch's satisfaction in every respect. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  6. It now depends on the relations to have the corpse presented at the parish- church; but there are many persons who dispense with this ceremony. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  7. But the Pope maintained that he was the only administrator of the inexhaustible merits of Christ; and the Church also taught, that by the intercession of saints for the sins of men, an endless treasure of good works, prayers, fasts, and penances were made available for the blessing of others; and all these treasures were at the disposition of the Pope, who could dispense them to whom he chose, as a deliverance from their sins. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  8. Often we would dispense with the tourists, and have the Yosemite Valley all to ourselves. – Peter Ibbetson by George Du Maurier
  9. The emissaries of Ziegler would have to dispense with that aid now, but still Beaumanoir could not shut his eyes to his imminent peril. – The Duke Decides by Headon Hill
  10. A pretty good rule is to test everything first by its usefulness; if it is not useful, we may dispense with its purchase. – The Complete Home by Various
  11. And if you want to dispense charity, do it while I turn my back to you, for true charity is given secretly. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  12. No drama can dispense with picture; and so no drama is free from the obligation to add unto itself these other qualities also. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  13. There are a number of other things we'll have to dispense with. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  14. On Church principles no one can dispense from this obligation, because it rests on divine ordinance. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger