dispense

See also: dispensé

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old French dispenser, from Latin dispensare (to weigh out, pay out, distribute, regulate, manage, control, dispense), frequentative of dispendere (to weigh out), from dis- (apart) + pendere (to weigh).

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VerbEdit

dispense (third-person singular simple present dispenses, present participle dispensing, simple past and past participle dispensed)

  1. To issue, distribute, or give out.
  2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
    to dispense justice
    • 1662, John Dryden, To the Lord Chancellor Hyde
      While you dispense the laws, and guide the state.
  3. To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
    The pharmacist dispensed my tablets.
    An optician can dispense spectacles.
  4. (obsolete) To give a dispensation to (someone); to excuse.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To compensate; to make up; to make amends.

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NounEdit

dispense (countable and uncountable, plural dispenses)

  1. (obsolete) Cost, expenditure.
  2. (obsolete) The act of dispensing, dispensation.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Deverbal of dispenser.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dispense f (plural dispenses)

  1. dispensation

VerbEdit

dispense

  1. first-person singular present indicative of dispenser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of dispenser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of dispenser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of dispenser
  5. second-person singular imperative of dispenser

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ItalianEdit

NounEdit

dispense f

  1. plural of dispensa

VerbEdit

dispense

  1. third-person singular past historic of dispegnere

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PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

dispense

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of dispensar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of dispensar
  3. first-person singular imperative of dispensar
  4. third-person singular imperative of dispensar

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

dispense

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of dispensar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of dispensar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of dispensar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of dispensar.