dis·pense /dɪsˈpɛn(t)s/ 及物動詞
Dis·pense, n. Dispensation; exemption. [Obs.]
Dis·pense, n. Expense; profusion; outlay. [Obs.]
It was a vault built for great dispense. --Spenser.
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.
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.]
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]