to deal out; distribute: to dispense wisdom.
to administer: to dispense the law without bias.
Pharmacology. to make up and distribute (medicine), especially on prescription.
Roman Catholic Church. to grant dispensation.
to grant dispensation.
to do without; forgo: to dispense with preliminaries.
to do away with; rid of.
to grant exemption from a law or promise.
- un·dis·pensed, adjective
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How to use dispense in a sentence
But he was always uncommonly gracious, a truly gentle man, willing to dispense wisdom and perspective when asked.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America | John Avlon | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The question is not whether they are right or wrong but why they feel an impulse to dispense their advice in the first place.
Instead of the eight flavors a typical fountain could dispense, they might want 15 or 20.
Let's hope they dispense with the slow courtship and start to dance.
As nice as it would have been to dispense with the fairy tale tropes altogether, they are necessary here.Disney’s Sublimely Subversive ‘Frozen’ Isn’t Your Typical Princess Movie | Melissa Leon | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
With his pipe he would not dispense, and he always took two or three puffs, at least, before undertaking anything.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Divinely precious and infinitely perfect as it is, there is no part of it with which he can dispense.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
She belonged to that ultra-modern school which scorns to sue masculine admiration, but which cannot dispense with it nevertheless.Dope | Sax Rohmer
There were very few days during our entire summer's tour when one could dispense with cloaks and overcoats.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
At no time in the summer were we able to dispense for any length of time with heavy wraps and robes while on the road.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for dispense
(tr) to give out or issue in portions
(tr) to prepare and distribute (medicine), esp on prescription
(tr) to administer (the law, etc)
(intr foll by with) to do away (with) or manage (without)
to grant a dispensation to (someone) from (some obligation of church law)
to exempt or excuse from a rule or obligation
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