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Verb: dispense  di'spen(t)s
  1. Give or provide in small portions
    "the machine dispenses soft drinks";
    - distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out, mete, dole
     
  2. Grant a dispensation; grant an exemption
    "I was dispensed from this terrible task"
     
  3. (medicine) give or apply (medications)
    - administer

Derived forms: dispensed, dispensing, dispenses

See also: dispense with

Type of: care for, exempt, free, give, relieve, treat

Encyclopedia: Dispense