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.