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Definition of dispense verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispense
    he / she / it dispenses
    past simple dispensed
    -ing form dispensing
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  1. 1dispense something (to somebody) to give out something to people The machine dispenses a variety of drinks and snacks.
  2. 2dispense something (to somebody) (formal) to provide something, especially a service, for people The organization dispenses free healthcare to the poor. to dispense justice/advice
  3. 3dispense something to prepare medicine and give it to people, as a job to dispense a prescription
  4. Phrasal Verbsdispense with somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dispense

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