1. Cost, expenditure.
  2. The act of dispensing, dispensation.


  1. To issue, distribute, or put out.
  2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
    to dispense justice
  3. To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
    The pharmacist dispensed my tablets.
    An optician can dispense spectacles.
  4. To eliminate or do without; used intransitively with with.
    I wish he would dispense with the pleasantries and get to the point.
  5. To give a dispensation to (someone); to excuse.
  6. To compensate; to make up; to make amends.

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