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dispense

dis·pense

dispense

 
 
pronunciation:
dih spens
phrases:
dispense with
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part of speech: verb
inflections: dispensed, dispenses, dispensing
definition 1: to give out in portions; distribute.
This machine dispenses candy.
similar words:
allot, dish out, distribute, issue
definition 2: to carry out or put into operation.
Courts dispense justice.
phrase: dispense with
Word Builder: dispense +
  • dispenser:
    a person or thing that dispenses.
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The word dispense contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-