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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dis·pense /dɪˈspɛn(t)s/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 dis·pense /dɪsˈpɛn(t)s/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·pense, n.  Dispensation; exemption. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·pense, n.  Expense; profusion; outlay. [Obs.]
    It was a vault built for great dispense.   --Spenser.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·pense v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispensed p. pr. & vb. n. Dispensing.]
 1. To deal out in portions; to distribute; to give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense medicines.
    He is delighted to dispense a share of it to all the company.   --Sir W. Scott.
 2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
    While you dispense the laws, and guide the state.   --Dryden.
 3. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.]
 His sin was dispensed
 With gold, whereof it was compensed.   --Gower.
 4. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with from.
    It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance.   --Macaulay.
    He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself.   --Johnson.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·pense, v. i.
 1. To compensate; to make up; to make amends. [Obs.]
 One loving hour
 For many years of sorrow can dispense.   --Spenser.
 2. To give dispensation.
    He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters of ecclesiastical law.   --Addis & Arnold (Cath. Dict. )
 To dispense with. (a) To permit the neglect or omission of, as a form, a ceremony, an oath; to suspend the operation of, as a law; to give up, release, or do without, as services, attention, etc.; to forego; to part with. (b) To allow by dispensation; to excuse; to exempt; to grant dispensation to or for. [Obs.] “Conniving and dispensing with open and common adultery.” --Milton. (c) To break or go back from, as one's word. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer
           critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some
           money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal
           a blow to someone" [syn: distribute, administer, mete
           out, deal, parcel out, lot, shell out, deal
           out, dish out, allot, dole out]
      2: grant a dispensation; grant an exemption; "I was dispensed
         from this terrible task"
      3: give or apply (medications) [syn: administer]