Translation of dispense in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /dɪˈspens/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [grants/alms] dar*; [advice] ofrecer*, dar*; [criticism] hacer*; [favors] conceder* 1.2 [machine] expender
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    • 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/Farmacología] [drugs/prescription] despachar, preparar
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    • 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.
  • 3 (administer) [justice] administrar
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    • 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.
  • 4 (exempt) [formal] to dispense sb from sth dispensar or eximir a algn de algo she was dispensed from attending Mass se la dispensó or eximió de asistir a misa
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    • 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.
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    • 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/verbo + preposición + complemento
(do without) prescindir de let's dispense with formalities prescindamos de las formalidades

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In Spain, a ración is a serving of food eaten in a bar or cafe, generally with a drink. Friends or relatives meet in a bar or cafe, order a number of raciones, and share them. Raciones tend to be larger and more elaborate than tapas. They may be: Spanish omelet, squid, octopus, cheese, ham, or chorizo, among others.