What does the word dispense mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Anthony Trollope