dispense

See also: dispensé

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

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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 from dispenser.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dispense f (plural dispenses)

  1. dispensation

VerbEdit

dispense

  1. inflection of dispenser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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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. inflection of dispensar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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VerbEdit

dispense

  1. inflection of dispensar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative