AskDefine | Define dispense

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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 give or apply (medications) [syn: administer]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To issue, distribute, or put out.
    The vending machine dispensed the coffee before the cup.
  2. To eliminate or do without.
    I wish he would dispense with the pleasantries and get to the point.

Derived terms



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, dispenser
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, dispenser
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, dispenser



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