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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

dispense from, dispense to, dispense with

Dispense means to distribute something, usually to someone;

  • The pharmacist dispenses medicine to anyone with a prescription.
  • Product samples are dispensed to consumers to increase brand name recognition.

Dispense from means to exempt or excuse.

  • In some countries, the clergy are dispensed from paying taxes.

Dispense with means to leave out, to skip, or to get rid of.

  • I think we should dispense with the formal opening ceremony this time.