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dispense

dis·pense

dispense

 
 
pronunciation:
dih spens
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
dispense with
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dispensed, dispenses, dispensing
definition 1: to give out or distribute.
Many volunteers came to dispense food, water, and blankets to the disaster victims.Most vending machines in the U.S. dispense snacks or soft drinks.He's always dispensing advice and wisdom to anyone who will listen.
similar words:
allocate, allot, deal, disburse, dish out, distribute, dole, impart, issue, mete, peddle
definition 2: to prepare and give out (medicine or the like).
The pharmacy dispenses a large variety of drugs.
similar words:
administer
definition 3: to execute or administer (the law).
It is the responsibility of the courts to dispense justice.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to grant a release or exemption.
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phrase: dispense with
Word Builder: dispense +
  • dispenser:
    a person or thing that dispenses.
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