Dis*pense" (?), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Dispensed (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Dispensing.] [F. dispenser, L.
dispensare, intens. of dispendere. See Dispend.]
1. To deal out in portions; to distribute; to
give; as, the steward dispenses provisions according
directions; Nature dispenses her bounties; to dispense
He is delighted to dispense a share of it to
all the company. Sir W. Scott.
2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to
administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
While you dispense the laws, and guide the
3. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.]
His sin was dispensed Gower.
With gold, whereof it was compensed.
4. To exempt; to excuse; to absolve; -- with
It was resolved that all members of the House who held
commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary
He appeared to think himself born to be supported by
others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for
Dis*pense", v. i. 1.
To compensate; to make up; to make amends. [Obs.]
One loving hour
For many years of sorrow can dispense.
2. To give dispensation.
He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters
of ecclesiastical law. Addis & Arnold (Cath. Dict.
To dispense with. (a) To
permit the neglect or omission of, as a form, a ceremony, an oath; to
suspend the operation of, as a law; to give up, release, or do
without, as services, attention, etc.; to forego; to part with.
(b) To allow by dispensation; to excuse; to
exempt; to grant dispensation to or for. [Obs.] "Conniving and
dispensing with open and common adultery." Milton.
(c) To break or go back from, as one's word.
Dis*pense", n. [Cf. F. dispense
dispensation. See Dispense, v. t.]
Dispensation; exemption. [Obs.]
Dis*pense", n. [OF. despense, F.
dépense.] Expense; profusion; outlay.
It was a vault built for great