- 1 dispense something (to somebody) to give out something to people The machine dispenses a variety of drinks and snacks.
- 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 dispense something to prepare medicine and give it to people, as a job to dispense a prescription Phrasal Verbsdispense with somebody/something
NAmE//dɪˈspɛns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispense
he / she / it dispenses
past simple dispensed
-ing form dispensing