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dispense

[dih-spens] /dɪˈspɛns/
verb (used with object), dispensed, dispensing.
1.
to deal out; distribute:
to dispense wisdom.
2.
to administer:
to dispense the law without bias.
3.
Pharmacology. to make up and distribute (medicine), especially on prescription.
4.
Roman Catholic Church. to grant dispensation.
verb (used without object), dispensed, dispensing.
5.
to grant dispensation.
noun
6.
Obsolete, expenditure.
Verb phrases
7.
dispense with,
  1. to do without; forgo:
    to dispense with preliminaries.
  2. to do away with; rid of.
  3. to grant exemption from a law or promise.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English dispensen < Medieval Latin dispēnsāre to pardon, exempt, Latin: to pay out, distribute, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + pēnsāre, frequentative of pendere to weigh
Related forms
undispensed, adjective
Synonyms
1. apportion, allot, dole. See distribute.
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  • To a remarkable extent they dispensed with authoritative prior wisdom and looked for contemporaneous proof and demonstration.
  • When the reading of the minutes is dispensed with they can afterwards be taken up at any time when nothing is pending.
  • She endeavoured to conceal her sickness for fear of being dispensed with or shown any indulgence in the rule.
British Dictionary definitions for dispensed

dispense

/dɪˈspɛns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give out or issue in portions
2.
(transitive) to prepare and distribute (medicine), esp on prescription
3.
(transitive) to administer (the law, etc)
4.
(intransitive) foll by with. to do away (with) or manage (without)
5.
to grant a dispensation to (someone) from (some obligation of church law)
6.
to exempt or excuse from a rule or obligation
Usage note
Dispense with is sometimes wrongly used where dispose of is meant: this task can be disposed of (not dispensed with) quickly and easily
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin dispensāre to pardon, from Latin dispendere to weigh out, from dis-1 + pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for dispensed

dispense

v.

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.

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dispensed in Medicine

dispense dis·pense (dĭ-spěns')
v. dis·pensed, dis·pens·ing, dis·pens·es
To prepare and give out medicines.

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