Share this entry

Share this page

dispense

Pronunciation: /dɪˈspens/

Translation of dispense in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [grants/alms] dar*; [advice] ofrecer*, dar*; [criticism] hacer*; [favors] conceder* 1.2 [machine] expender
    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/Farmacología] [drugs/prescription] despachar, preparar
    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.
  • 3 (administer) [justice] administrar
    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.
  • 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
    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.
    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/verbo + preposición + complemento
(do without) prescindir de let's dispense with formalities prescindamos de las formalidades

Definition of dispense in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day echado
adj
está echado porque no se encuentra bien = he's lying down because he doesn't feel well …
Cultural fact of the day

The Premios Goya del cine español is the Spanish equivalent of Oscars, awarded in January every year by the AACC (Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España). The winners receive a bust of the painter Goya.