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verb (used with object) Obsolete.
  1. to pay out; expend; spend.
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Origin of dispend

1250–1300; Middle English dispenden < Anglo-French, Old French despendre < Latin dispendere to weigh out; see dispense
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  1. (tr) obsolete to spend
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French despendre, from Latin dispendere to distribute; see dispense
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