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dis·pense

 (dĭ-spĕns′)
v. dis·pensed, dis·pens·ing, dis·pens·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To give or deal out, especially in parts or portions: a machine that dispenses candy; a neighbor who freely dispenses advice. See Synonyms at distribute.
b. To prepare and give out (medicines).
2. To administer (laws, for example).
3. To exempt or release, as from a duty or religious obligation.
v.intr.
To grant a dispensation or exemption.
Phrasal Verb:
dispense with
1. To manage without; forgo: Let's dispense with the formalities.
2. To get rid of; do away with: a country that has dispensed with tariff barriers.

[Middle English dispensen, from Old French dispenser, from Latin dispēnsāre, to distribute, frequentative of dispendere, to weigh out : dis-, out; see dis- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

dispense

(dɪˈspɛns)
vb
1. (tr) to give out or issue in portions
2. (Pharmacology) (tr) to prepare and distribute (medicine), esp on prescription
3. (Law) (tr) to administer (the law, etc)
4. (foll by: with) to do away (with) or manage (without)
5. (Roman Catholic Church) to grant a dispensation to (someone) from some obligation of church law
6. to exempt or excuse from a rule or obligation
[C14: from Medieval Latin dispensāre to pardon, from Latin dispendere to weigh out, from dis-1 + pendere to weigh]
Usage: Dispense with is sometimes wrongly used where dispose of is meant: this task can be disposed of (not dispensed with) quickly and easily

dis•pense

(dɪˈspɛns)

v. -pensed, -pens•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to deal out; distribute.
2. to administer: to dispense the law without bias.
3. to make up and distribute (medicine), esp. on prescription.
4. Rom. Cath. Ch. to grant a dispensation to.
v.i.
5. to grant dispensation.
6. dispense with,
a. to do without.
b. to get rid of.
n.
7. Obs. expenditure.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin dispēnsāre to pardon, exempt, Latin: to pay out, distribute =dis- dis-1 + pēnsāre, frequentative of pendere to weigh]

dispense

- Ultimately from Latin dispendere, "weigh out."
See also related terms for weigh.

dispense


Past participle: dispensed
Gerund: dispensing

Imperative
dispense
dispense
Present
I dispense
you dispense
he/she/it dispenses
we dispense
you dispense
they dispense
Preterite
I dispensed
you dispensed
he/she/it dispensed
we dispensed
you dispensed
they dispensed
Present Continuous
I am dispensing
you are dispensing
he/she/it is dispensing
we are dispensing
you are dispensing
they are dispensing
Present Perfect
I have dispensed
you have dispensed
he/she/it has dispensed
we have dispensed
you have dispensed
they have dispensed
Past Continuous
I was dispensing
you were dispensing
he/she/it was dispensing
we were dispensing
you were dispensing
they were dispensing
Past Perfect
I had dispensed
you had dispensed
he/she/it had dispensed
we had dispensed
you had dispensed
they had dispensed
Future
I will dispense
you will dispense
he/she/it will dispense
we will dispense
you will dispense
they will dispense
Future Perfect
I will have dispensed
you will have dispensed
he/she/it will have dispensed
we will have dispensed
you will have dispensed
they will have dispensed
Future Continuous
I will be dispensing
you will be dispensing
he/she/it will be dispensing
we will be dispensing
you will be dispensing
they will be dispensing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dispensing
you have been dispensing
he/she/it has been dispensing
we have been dispensing
you have been dispensing
they have been dispensing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dispensing
you will have been dispensing
he/she/it will have been dispensing
we will have been dispensing
you will have been dispensing
they will have been dispensing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dispensing
you had been dispensing
he/she/it had been dispensing
we had been dispensing
you had been dispensing
they had been dispensing
Conditional
I would dispense
you would dispense
he/she/it would dispense
we would dispense
you would dispense
they would dispense
Past Conditional
I would have dispensed
you would have dispensed
he/she/it would have dispensed
we would have dispensed
you would have dispensed
they would have dispensed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dispense - administer or bestow, as in small portionsdispense - 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"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
allot, portion, assign - give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"
reallot - allot again; "They were realloted additional farm land"
deal - distribute cards to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
apply, give - give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
2.dispense - grant a dispensation; grant an exemption; "I was dispensed from this terrible task"
exempt, relieve, free - grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam"
foreswear, forgo, waive, relinquish, dispense with, forego - do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"
3.dispense - give or apply (medications)dispense - give or apply (medications)    
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
care for, treat - provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"
transfuse - give a transfusion (e.g., of blood) to
digitalize - administer digitalis such that the patient benefits maximally without getting adverse effects
inject, shoot - give an injection to; "We injected the glucose into the patient's vein"
give - give (as medicine); "I gave him the drug"

dispense

verb
1. distribute, assign, allocate, allot, mete out, dole out, share out, apportion, deal out, disburse They had already dispensed £40,000 in grants.
2. prepare, measure, supply, mix a store licensed to dispense prescriptions
3. administer, direct, operate, carry out, implement, undertake, enforce, execute, apply, discharge High Court judges dispensing justice round the country
4. exempt, except, excuse, release, relieve, reprieve, let off (informal), exonerate No-one is dispensed from collaborating in this task.
dispense with something or someone
1. do away with, ignore, give up, cancel, abolish, omit, disregard, pass over, brush aside, forgo, render needless We'll dispense with formalities.
2. do without, get rid of, dispose of, relinquish, shake off Up at the lectern he dispensed with his notes.

dispense

verb
1. To give out in portions or shares:
Slang: divvy.
2. To provide as a remedy:
3. To oversee the provision or execution of:
4. To free from an obligation or duty:
Translations
يُرَكِّبُ أدْوِيَهيُعْطي، يُوَزِّع
připravit k vydánírozdělovat
tildeleudlevere
afgreiîaúthluta
apsieiti begamintiišskirstytipagamintivaistų išdavimo punktas
izsniegt
dağıtmakhazırlayıp vermekvermek

dispense

[dɪsˈpens] VT
1. (= distribute) [+ food, money] → repartir; [+ advice] → ofrecer; [+ drug, prescription] → despachar
this machine dispenses coffeeesta máquina expende café
2. (= implement) [+ justice] → administrar
3. (= exempt) to dispense sb from sthdispensar or eximir a algn de algo
dispense with VI + PREP
1. (= do without) → prescindir de
2. (= get rid of) → deshacerse de

dispense

[dɪˈspɛns] vt
[person, system, organization] [+ justice] → exercer; [+ information] → distribuer, fournir; [+ advice] → prodiguer, donner
[machine] [+ goods, money] → distribuer
[pharmacist] [+ medicine] → préparer
(= exempt) to dispense sb from → dispenser qn de
dispense with
vt fus
(= do without) [+ person, thing, advice, knowledge] → se passer de
(= get rid of) [+ thing, person] → se débarrasser de

dispense

vt
verteilen, austeilen (→ to an +acc); adviceerteilen; (machine) product, moneyausgeben; to dispense justiceRecht sprechen
(Pharm) medicineabgeben; prescriptionzubereiten
(form, = exempt) → dispensieren, befreien; to dispense somebody from doing somethingjdn davon befreien or dispensieren, etw zu tun
vi (Pharm) → Medizin abgeben, dispensieren (form)

dispense

[dɪsˈpɛns] vt (food, money) → dispensare, distribuire; (justice) → amministrare; (medicine) → preparare e dare
to dispense prescriptions → preparare e dare medicine su ricetta
dispense with vt + prep (do without) → fare a meno di

dispense

(diˈspens) verb
1. to give or deal out.
2. to prepare (medicines, especially prescriptions) for giving out.
diˈspensaryplural diˈspensaries noun
a place especially in a hospital where medicines are given out.
diˈspenser noun
dispense with
to get rid of or do without. We could economize by dispensing with two assistants.

dis·pense

vt. dispensar; distribuir.

dispense

vt (pharm) dispensar
References in classic literature ?
Yet the taste of the age, demanding whatever was elaborate in compositions of this kind, did not fail to extend its influence over our stern progenitors, who had cast behind them so many fashions which it might seem harder to dispense with.
Things were not going well with them then, and though it nearly broke Teta Elzbieta's heart, they were forced to dispense with nearly all the decencies of a funeral; they had only a hearse, and one hack for the women and children; and Jurgis, who was learning things fast, spent all Sunday making a bargain for these, and he made it in the presence of witnesses, so that when the man tried to charge him for all sorts of incidentals, he did not have to pay.
He was reckoned very handsome; his person much admired in general, though not by her, there being a want of elegance of feature which she could not dispense with:but the girl who could be gratified by a Robert Martin's riding about the country to get walnuts for her might very well be conquered by Mr.
My eyes are very weak this evening, and I hope you will not object to dispense with the candles for a few minutes.
It was impossible for Monseigneur to dispense with one of these attendants on the chocolate and hold his high place under the admiring Heavens.
This treasure, as in duty bound, I laid at the feet of Steerforth, and begged him to dispense.
He hoped that with intelligent assistance I should meet with little to discourage me, and should soon be able to dispense with any aid but his.
If your holy scruples can dispense with using the Jew's tablets, for the pen I can find a remedy,'' said the yeoman; and, bending his bow, he aimed his shaft at a wild-goose which was soaring over their heads, the advanced-guard of a phalanx of his tribe, which were winging their way to the distant and solitary fens of Holderness.
It enabled my father to dispense with their services, and to replace them by a handful of women and children.
Giry had bowed herself out, with the dignity that never deserted her, the manager told the inspector that they had decided to dispense with that old madwoman's services; and, when he had gone in his turn, they instructed the acting-manager to make up the inspector's accounts.
I don't pity you; you could afford a carriage, and dispense with the fatigue of going on foot.
In some States the Specimens are occasionally fed and suffered to exist for several years; but in the more temperate and better regulated regions, it is found in the long run more advantageous for the educational interests of the young, to dispense with food, and to renew the Specimens every month -- which is about the average duration of the foodless existence of the Criminal class.