- 1 [with object] Distribute or provide (a service or information) to a number of people: orderlies went round dispensing drinksMore example sentences
- It's their job to dispense information effectively and accurately.
- So they use the public sector not to provide services but to dispense patronage; they use trade protection to distribute favours.
- Another thing, the purpose of this column is not to dispense medical information.
- 1.1(Of a machine or container) supply or release (a product or cash): the machines dispense a range of drinks (as adjective dispensing) a dispensing machineMore example sentences
prepare, make up, mix; supply, provide, sell
- Based on iris recognition technology, the machines will dispense cash, cinema tickets and postage stamps, and the company intends offering further applications including on-line shopping and bill payment.
- The screen of the cash dispenser displays the ironic message, ‘We apologise for the inconvenience, but this machine does not dispense cash at the moment.’
- Banks estimate that only 85% of ATM machines will be dispensing cash by the end of January 1.
- 1.2(Of a chemist) make up and give out (medicine) according to a doctor’s prescription: he was stopped from dispensing prescriptionsMore example sentences
- There is still the image that chemists simply dispense medicine after a visit to the doctor.
- Saudi chemists dispense medicine only in packets.
- But there are also huge savings available from legitimate Canadian pharmacies dispensing quality medicines.
- 2 [no object] (dispense with) Manage without or get rid of: let’s dispense with the formalities, shall we?More example sentences
waive, omit, drop, leave out, forgo, give up, relinquish, renounce; ignore, disregard, pass over, brush aside; do away with, put a stop to, put an end to• informal cut out, give something a miss, knock something on the headget rid of, throw away, throw out, cast aside, do away with, dispose of, discard, shed; manage without, do without, cope withoutBritish • informal get shot ofNorth American • informal trash
- When Alf came to manage England, he dispensed with the winger altogether and built his wingless wonders.
- I am now recovering well and have managed to dispense with my crutches.
- For fans, the big clear-out is always an emotional attic - much-loved souvenirs and total junk are dispensed with simultaneously.
- 2.1Give special exemption from (a law or rule): the Secretary of State was empowered to dispense with the nationality requirement in individual casesMore example sentences
- If wrong about that, Mr Bowen submits that if the claim form must be treated as served on 7 November, an order should be made under CPR Rule 6.9 dispensing with service of the claim form completely.
- And rules can be dispensed with in the Court's inherent power if the interests of justice require.
- We will dispense with the rule relating to time for bringing the application but refuse special leave.
- 2.2 [with object] Grant (someone) an exemption from a religious obligation: the Pope personally nominated him as bishop, dispensing him from his impedimentMore example sentences
- Diocesan bishops can dispense men from the obligations that go with the diaconate and suspend priests from the exercise of their order for a long or short period, but only the bishop of Rome can expel them from the priesthood.
- The designated cardinal however can petition the pope to dispense him from this requirement.
- Leo X gave as the reason for dispensing him from some of the requirements of canon law the expectation that as a native bishop he would be more effective in promoting the faith among his people.
dispense with someone's services
- Dismiss someone from a job: the club have no option but to dispense with his servicesMore example sentences
- Eames was sacked late on Wednesday night after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct, concluding he deliberately misled three employees when dispensing with their services.
- When Kenneth Williams, 58, returned to his Horsforth home from holiday last summer to find a letter from his employer dispensing with his services, he thought his working life was over.
- But if she isn't, her once supportive German bosses will not waste any time in dispensing with her services.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dispensare 'continue to weigh out or disburse', from the verb dispendere, based on pendere 'weigh'.