Synonyms for dispense

Grammar : Verb
Spell : dih-spens
Phonetic Transcription : dɪˈspɛns

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Définition of dispense

Origin :
  • early 14c., from Old French dispenser "give out" (13c.), from Latin dispensare "disburse, administer, distribute (by weight)," frequentative of dispendere "pay out," from dis- "out" (see dis-) + pendere "to pay, weigh" (see pendant).
  • In Medieval Latin, dispendere was used in the ecclesiastical sense of "grant license to do what is forbidden or omit what is required" (a power of popes, bishops, etc.), and thus acquired a sense of "grant remission from punishment or exemption from law," hence "to do away with" (1570s), "do without" (c.1600). Older sense is preserved in dispensary. Related: Dispensed; dispensing.
  • verb dole out supply
  • verb operate, administer
  • verb exempt from responsibility
Example sentences :
  • "Unless it should be his gracious pleasure to dispense with obedience," replied Artaphernes.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • It was that unless I could dress more in the mode he could dispense with my attendance.
  • Extract from : « Micah Clarke » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But on the strength of this faith I would not dispense with the fire.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845 » by Various
  • I am honoured with your good opinion, and I can dispense with Mr Haredale's.
  • Extract from : « Barnaby Rudge » by Charles Dickens
  • They found they could dispense with Mr. Carey's further services.
  • Extract from : « The Railroad Question » by William Larrabee
  • She had so many secret reserves from Emile now that this one she could dispense with.
  • Extract from : « A Spirit in Prison » by Robert Hichens
  • But can they, even in that chaste and 166 splendid nudity, dispense with ruffles and flounces?
  • Extract from : « The Book of Khalid » by Ameen Rihani
  • However, this is just the condition of sailing when a boat can dispense with a rudder.
  • Extract from : « Boys' Book of Model Boats » by Raymond Francis Yates
  • Perhaps I might get on so well as to be able to dispense with it almost at once.
  • Extract from : « The Stark Munro Letters » by J. Stark Munro
  • But if I can discharge its debts it enables me to dispense with the popular code.
  • Extract from : « Essays, First Series » by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Antonyms for dispense

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