dispenses with


verb (used with object), dispensed, dispensing.
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.
verb (used without object), dispensed, dispensing.
to grant dispensation.
Obsolete, expenditure.
Verb phrases
dispense with,
to do without; forgo: to dispense with preliminaries.
to do away with; rid of.
to grant exemption from a law or promise.

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

undispensed, adjective

1. apportion, allot, dole. See distribute.
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dispense (dɪˈspɛns)
vb (foll by with)
1.  (tr) to give out or issue in portions
2.  (tr) to prepare and distribute (medicine), esp on prescription
3.  (tr) to administer (the law, etc)
4.  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  Dispense with is sometimes wrongly used where dispose of is meant: this task can be disposed of (not dispensed with) quickly and easily

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. dispenser "give out," from L. dispensare "disburse, administer, distribute (by weight)," frequentative of dispendere "pay out," from dis- "out" + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant). In M.L., 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," which led to the Mod.Eng. meaning. Older sense is preserved in dispensary. Related: Dispensed; dispensing.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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