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.

Primary Meanings of dispense

1.
v
administer or bestow, as in small portions
2.
v
grant a dispensation; grant an exemption
Full Definitions of dispense
1

v administer or bestow, as in small portions

“the machine dispenses soft drinks”
Synonyms:
administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
Types:
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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

v give or apply (medications)

Synonyms:
administer
Types:
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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
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for
2

v grant a dispensation; grant an exemption

“I was dispensed from this terrible task”
Type of:
exempt, free, relieve
grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

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