- to pay out; expend; spend.
Origin of dispend
1250–1300; Middle English dispenden < Anglo-French, Old French despendre < Latin dispendere to weigh out; see dispense
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Examples from the Web for dispend
Hempstead, Essex, for discharging the Tax of the poor who may not have to dispend yearly above 40s.
Well, there was such a doctor who may dispend a hundred pounds.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V
J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
And he that might dispend fiftie pounds, should furnish two men at arms.
And he that might dispend fiue and twentie pounds, should furnish himselfe or find a man at armes.
Morouer that none should weare any rich clothes or furres, except they might dispend an hundred pounds by yeare.
- (tr) obsolete to spend
C14: from Old French despendre, from Latin dispendere to distribute; see dispense
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