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dispense


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dispense  \Dis*pense"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dispensed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Dispensing}.]  [F.  dispenser,  L.  dispensare,  intens. 
  of  dispendere.  See  {Dispend}.] 
  1.  To  deal  out  in  portions;  to  distribute;  to  give  as  the 
  steward  dispenses  provisions  according  directions;  Nature 
  dispenses  her  bounties;  to  dispense  medicines. 
 
  He  is  delighted  to  dispense  a  share  of  it  to  all  the 
  company.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  To  apply,  as  laws  to  particular  cases;  to  administer;  to 
  execute;  to  manage;  to  direct. 
 
  While  you  dispense  the  laws,  and  guide  the  state. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  pay  for  to  atone  for  [Obs.] 
 
  His  sin  was  dispensed  With  gold,  whereof  it  was 
  compensed.  --Gower. 
 
  4.  To  exempt;  to  excuse;  to  absolve;  --  with  from 
 
  It  was  resolved  that  all  members  of  the  House  who 
  held  commissions,  should  be  dispensed  from 
  parliamentary  attendance.  --Macaulay. 
 
  He  appeared  to  think  himself  born  to  be  supported  by 
  others  and  dispensed  from  all  necessity  of 
  providing  for  himself.  --Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dispense  \Dis*pense"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  compensate;  to  make  up  to  make  amends.  [Obs.] 
 
  One  loving  hour  For  many  years  of  sorrow  can 
  dispense.  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  To  give  dispensation. 
 
  He  [the  pope]  can  also  dispense  in  all  matters  of 
  ecclesiastical  law.  --Addis  & 
  Arnold  (Cath. 
  Dict.  ) 
 
  {To  dispense  with}. 
  a  To  permit  the  neglect  or  omission  of  as  a  form  a 
  ceremony,  an  oath;  to  suspend  the  operation  of  as  a 
  law;  to  give  up  release,  or  do  without  as  services, 
  attention,  etc.;  to  forego;  to  part  with 
  b  To  allow  by  dispensation;  to  excuse;  to  exempt;  to 
  grant  dispensation  to  or  for  [Obs.]  ``Conniving  and 
  dispensing  with  open  and  common  adultery.''  --Milton. 
  c  To  break  or  go  back  from  as  one's  word  [Obs.] 
  --Richardson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dispense  \Dis*pense"\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  dispense  dispensation.  See 
  {Dispense},  v.  t.] 
  Dispensation;  exemption.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dispense  \Dis*pense"\,  n.  [OF.  despense,  F.  d['e]pense.] 
  Expense;  profusion;  outlay.  [Obs.] 
 
  It  was  a  vault  built  for  great  dispense.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dispense 
  v  1:  administer  or  bestow,  as  in  small  portions;  "administer 
  critical  remarks  to  everyone  present";  "dole  out  some 
  money";  "shell  out  pocket  money  for  the  children";  "deal 
  a  blow  to  someone"  [syn:  {distribute},  {administer},  {mete 
  out},  {deal},  {parcel  out},  {lot},  {shell  out},  {deal 
  out},  {dish  out},  {allot},  {dole  out}] 
  2:  grant  a  dispensation;  grant  an  exemption;  "I  was  dispensed 
  from  this  terrible  task" 
  3:  of  medications  [syn:  {administer}] 




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