Definition of dispensary in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɛns(ə)ri/

noun (plural dispensaries)

1A room where medicines are prepared and provided.
Example sentences
  • From obstetrics, she went to the dispensary and the emergency room.
  • The centre is equipped with a dispensary having all herbal medicines and expert druggists from the AVP.
  • When completed it will consist of a full primary school of 16 classrooms, a dispensary, nursery school, playgrounds, sanitation facilities, a brothers' house and staff house.
2A clinic provided by public or charitable funds.
Example sentences
  • In one such camp there is only one doctor from a Rajasthan hospital, Dr Aquil Ansari who has opened a temporary dispensary in a class room and who is tending to patients day and night.
  • Before this time, dispensaries, which provided advice and medicine to parents, existed.
  • Meanwhile, Oregon voters turned down the chance to revise their existing law by allowing patients to get their medicine from dispensaries regulated by the state.
3North American A facility that prepares and sells cannabis as recommended by a doctor for the treatment of a medical condition: state-issued ID cards are good for up to two ounces of pot a month from state-approved dispensaries
More example sentences
  • Even if I could get a recommendation, I knew of no compassion clubs (medical marijuana cooperatives or dispensaries) in my area.
  • Nothing against the local pot dealer, but dispensaries seem to be a safe, accommodating, affordable and necessary thing in California society.
  • Federal agents continue to target medical marijuana dispensaries, even when such organizations are protected by state laws.


Late 17th century: from medieval Latin dispensarium, neuter (used as a noun) of dispensarius, from Latin dispensare (see dispense).

Words that rhyme with dispensary

incensory, ostensory, sensory, suspensory

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