dispense with

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v. dis·pensed, dis·pens·ing, dis·pens·es
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.
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.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dispense with - give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
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"
2.dispense with - do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"
kick, give up - stop consuming; "kick a habit"; "give up alcohol"
3.dispense with - forgo or do or go without
abandon - forsake, leave behind; "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
"That is all very well," said one of the older foxes; "but I do not think you would have recommended us to dispense with our chief ornament if you had not happened to lose it yourself."
"My children," said the Oldest and Wisest Ape in All the World, when he had heard the Deputation, "you did right in ridding yourselves of tyranny, but your tribe is not sufficiently advanced to dispense with the forms of monarchy.
These recognitions alone dispense with the artificial aid of tokens or amulets.