verb (used with object), dis·pensed, dis·pens·ing.
verb (used without object), dis·pensed, dis·pens·ing.
- to do without; forgo: to dispense with preliminaries.
- to do away with; rid of.
- to grant exemption from a law or promise.
Origin of dispense
Examples from the Web for dispense
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|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|DAILY BEAST
The French, and to some extent the English, dispense with introductions at a private ball.Our Deportment|John H. Young
This he fully admitted, but was not prepared to dispense with the necessity of an academical preparation.
Profuse display will probably be the only social grace the newly rich can dispense.Maids Wives and Bachelors|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
If we live in a small way, there are at least new dresses and bonnets and every-day luxuries which we can dispense with.Pages From an Old Volume of Life|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The following accidental circumstance enables us to dispense with both calculation and watch.
British Dictionary definitions for dispense
Word Origin for dispense
Word Origin and History for dispense
early 14c., from Old French dispenser "give out" (13c.), from Latin dispensare "disburse, administer, distribute (by weight)," frequentative of dispendere "pay out," from dis- "out" (see dis-) + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant).
In Medieval Latin, dispendere was used in the ecclesiastical sense of "grant license to do what is forbidden or omit what is required" (a power of popes, bishops, etc.), and thus acquired a sense of "grant remission from punishment or exemption from law," hence "to do away with" (1570s), "do without" (c.1600). Older sense is preserved in dispensary. Related: Dispensed; dispensing.