From Middle English, from Old French dispenser, from Latin dispēnsāre (“to weigh out, pay out, distribute, regulate, manage, control, dispense”), frequentative of dispendere (“to weigh out”), from dis- (“apart”) + pendere (“to weigh”).
- To issue, distribute, or give out.
- 1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644:
- He is delighted to dispense a share of it to all the company.
- 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber and Faber 2005, p.40:
- The smoky spray seemed to trap whatever light there was and to dispense it subtly.
- 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.
- To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
- The pharmacist dispensed my tablets.
- An optician can dispense spectacles.
- (obsolete) To give a dispensation to (someone); to excuse.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 34, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book II, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- After his victories, he often gave them the reines to all licenciousnesse, for a while dispencing them from all rules of military discipline […].
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance.
- 1779–81, Samuel Johnson, "Richard Savage" in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poet
- He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
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- (obsolete) Cost, expenditure.
- (obsolete) The act of dispensing, dispensation.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book II, Canto XII”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938:
- […] what euer in this worldly state / Is sweet, and pleasing vnto liuing sense, / Or that may dayntiest fantasie aggrate, / Was poured forth with plentifull dispence […]
- dispense in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- dispense in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- dispense at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Rhymes: -ɑ̃s
dispense f (plural dispenses)
- inflection of :
- “dispense”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- plural of