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VERB (3)

1. administer or bestow, as in small portions;
- Example: "administer critical remarks to everyone present"
- Example: "dole out some money"
- Example: "shell out pocket money for the children"
- Example: "deal a blow to someone"
- Example: "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
[syn: distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out]

2. grant a dispensation; grant an exemption;
- Example: "I was dispensed from this terrible task"

3. give or apply (medications);
[syn: administer, dispense]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] He is delighted to dispense a share of it to all the company. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct. [1913 Webster] While you dispense the laws, and guide the state. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His sin was dispensed With gold, whereof it was compensed. --Gower. [1913 Webster] 4. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with from. [1913 Webster] It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispense \Dis*pense"\, n. [Cf. F. dispense dispensation. See Dispense, v. t.] Dispensation; exemption. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispense \Dis*pense"\, n. [OF. despense, F. d['e]pense.] Expense; profusion; outlay. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It was a vault built for great dispense. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispense \Dis*pense"\, v. i. 1. To compensate; to make up; to make amends. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] One loving hour For many years of sorrow can dispense. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To give dispensation. [1913 Webster] He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters of ecclesiastical law. --Addis & Arnold (Cath. Dict. ) [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

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"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks" [syn: distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out] 2: grant a dispensation; grant an exemption; "I was dispensed from this terrible task" 3: give or apply (medications) [syn: administer, dispense]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

143 Moby Thesaurus words for "dispense": OK, abolish, abstain from, accord, administer, admit, afford, allocate, allot, allow, apply, apportion, assign, award, bestow, bestow on, bestrew, broadcast, cancel, carry out, circumfuse, communicate, conduct, confer, consent, deal, deal out, diffract, diffuse, direct, disburse, discharge, dish out, dispense with, disperse, dispose, dispose of, dispread, disseminate, distribute, diverge, divide, divvy, do away with, do without, dole, dole out, donate, eliminate, enforce, eschew, execute, extend, fan out, forgo, fork out, forswear, furnish, get rid of, gift, gift with, give, give away, give freely, give leave, give out, give permission, give the go-ahead, give the word, give up, grant, hand out, hawk, heap, help to, huckster, ignore, impart, implement, issue, lavish, leave, let, let have, make possible, measure, measure out, mete, mete out, offer, okay, operate, overscatter, oversow, overspread, parcel out, pass around, pass out, pay out, peddle, permit, portion out, pour, present, proffer, propagate, provide, publish, radiate, rain, refuse, reject, release, relinquish, remove, render, renounce, retail, say the word, scatter, serve, share out, shell out, shower, slip, snow, sow, sow broadcast, spare, splay, spoon out, spread, spread out, strew, superintend, supervise, supply, tender, utter, vend, vouchsafe, waive, yield