Part of speech: verb

To deal out in portions; administer, as laws.

Part of speech: verb

To relieve or excuse, as from obligation.

Part of speech: verb

To grant dispensation.

Share it on:

Usage examples "dispense":

  1. No drama can dispense with picture; and so no drama is free from the obligation to add unto itself these other qualities also. - "The Psychology of Beauty", Ethel D. Puffer.
  2. They dispense with any inquiry at the custom- house into the actual cost or value of the article, and it pays the precise amount of duty previously fixed by law. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. She could partly understand that the manner of their meeting in London had thrust upon him a necessity for flattering tenderness with which he might well dispense when he met her among his family. - "Lady Anna", Anthony Trollope.