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Definition of "dispense" []

  • To deal out in parts or portions; distribute. See Synonyms at distribute. (verb-transitive)
  • To prepare and give out (medicines). (verb-transitive)
  • To administer (laws, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To exempt or release, as from a duty or religious obligation. (verb-transitive)
  • To grant a dispensation or exemption. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dispense" in a sentence
  • "Yet no consideration could dispense from the law of Constantine: the clergy, the senate, and the people, disapproved the conduct of"
  • "The model I had the most exposure to was the direct instruction model, or what I like to call the dispense method."
  • "I was told that occasionally there is no medication to dispense, which is sometimes because of a lack of money but other times because there are just no drugs available in our remote area."