Dispense

Definition of Dispense

Dis`pense´
v. t.1.To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines.
[imp. & p. p. Dispensed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dispensing.]
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.
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.
v. i.1.To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
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.
c - To break or go back from, as one's word.
- Milton.
n.1.Dispensation; exemption.
1.Expense; profusion; outlay.
It was a vault built for great dispense.
- Spenser.

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