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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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Adj.1.dispensed - distributed or weighted out in carefully determined portions; "medicines dispensed to the sick"
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
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References in classic literature ?
It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with.
Mrs Jarley was a little disconcerted by this reception of her proposal, and looked at the old man, who tenderly took Nell's hand and detained it in his own, as if she could have very well dispensed with his company or even his earthly existence.
To Madame Ratignolle he said the music dispensed at her soirees was too "heavy," too far beyond his untrained comprehension.
The roast mutton was on the table, and I had dispensed with attendance.
"All that might be well dispensed with," said Don Quixote, "if I had remembered to make a vial of the balsam of Fierabras, for time and medicine are saved by one single drop."
Within that edifice he had dispensed justice to the people in the days when his name was never mentioned without honor.
This favour was dispensed to you from under an overbearing scowl, which is the true expression of the great autocrat when he has made up his mind to give a battering to some ships and to hunt certain others home in one breath of cruelty and benevolence, equally distracting.
The researchers observed a substantial increase in the number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed from retail pharmacies from 2012 to 2018, including a 106 percent increase from 2017 to 2018.
In this equipment a set number of ear plugs are always dispensed on pressing of a foot switch.
Anti-cough remedies and antihistamines (55.88%) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (29.41%) were the most common drugs dispensed without a prescription, followed by antibiotics (5.8%).
Specifically, the Final Rule addresses (a) reimbursement for multisource drugs dispensed to Medicaid patients, (b) changes in the Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) that will impact pharmacy reimbursement for multisource products, (c) reimbursement for single-source drugs dispensed to Medicaid patients and (d) changes to the dispensing fees pharmacies will receive for dispensing drugs to Medicaid patients.