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American English: /dəˈspɛns/
British English: /dɪˈspɛns/

Translation of dispense in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (Pharmacology)
    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.
  • 4 (exempt) [formal]to dispense somebody from something
    dispensar or eximir a alguien de algo
    she was dispensed from attending Mass
    se la dispensó or eximió de asistir a misa
    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.

Phrasal verbs

dispense with

verb + preposition + object
(do without)
prescindir de
let's dispense with formalities
prescindamos de las formalidades
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