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Meaning of dispense

dis•pense

Pronunciation: (di-spens'), [key]
— v., n. -pensed, -pens•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to deal out; distribute: to dispense wisdom.
  2. to administer: to dispense the law without bias.
  3. to make up and distribute (medicine), esp. on prescription.
  4. to grant dispensation.
—v.i.
  1. to grant dispensation.
  2. to dispense with preliminaries.
    1. to do without; forgo:to dispense with preliminaries.
    2. to do away with; rid of.
    3. to grant exemption from a law or promise.
—n.
  1. expenditure.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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