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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM dispenseun·dis·pensed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for dispense
Yet here we are, dispensing another dollop of inhumanity to some of the most troubled and despised people in America.
This is not a popularity contest, it is about dispensing justice.Oscar Pistorius Is Expected to Spend Less Than Two Years in Jail|Kelly Berold|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dispensing money to make problems go away was not an unusual thing for Michael Jackson back in his heyday.Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim|Diane Dimond|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dispensing with some of the objections helps to illuminate this case.
The New York Times is dispensing advice on how to win a bidding war in the brutally competitive local market.Mortgage Rates Are Rising. Will the Housing Recovery Falter?|Megan McArdle|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One of the tent boys hovered in the background as dispensing chemist.The Land of Footprints|Stewart Edward White
We find the Heer officer in Beverwyck (Albany) dispensing justice in a most summary manner.Curious Punishments of Bygone Days|Alice Morse Earle
His daughters—a band of lovely young girls—presided over his house, dispensing its hospitality with grace and dignity.Plantation Reminiscences|Letitia M. Burwell
And this dispensing power is to be exercised in favour of the subjects of the National League.
Dispensing titles and decorations with a liberal hand, his pride always refused such so-called honors for himself.William Ewart Gladstone|James Bryce