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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

 dispensed
      adj : distributed or weighted out in carefully determined
            portions; "medicines dispensed to the sick"