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Definition of dispense:

  1. Dispensation; exemption.
  2. Expense; profusion; outlay.
  3. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
  4. To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
  5. To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines.
  6. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; - with from.
  7. To give dispensation.
  8. To pay for; to atone for.


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