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dispense

To dispense means to give out or distribute something. A school nurse can dispense students' medication and we all can dispense advice.

The word dispense comes from the Old French word dispenser, meaning "give out." You can dispense anything from hand sanitizer to dating advice. When dispense is paired with with it means "get rid of it" or "skip." If you dispense with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, you might instead celebrate with pizza, pancakes, tacos — anything but turkey and all the fixings.

Definitions of dispense
  1. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    “the machine dispenses soft drinks”
    synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    allot, assign, portion
    give out
    reallot
    allot again
    deal
    distribute cards to the players in a game
    apply, give
    give or convey physically
    allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    allocate, apportion
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    misdeal
    deal cards wrongly
    tread
    apply (the tread) to a tire
    administer
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
    type of:
    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. verb
    give or apply (medications)
    synonyms: administer
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    transfuse
    give a transfusion (e.g., of blood) to
    digitalize
    administer digitalis such that the patient benefits maximally without getting adverse effects
    inject, shoot
    give an injection to
    give
    give (as medicine)
    infuse
    introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes
    immunise, immunize, inoculate, vaccinate
    perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
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    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  3. verb
    grant a dispensation; grant an exemption
    “I was dispensed from this terrible task”
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    exempt, free, relieve
    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
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