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English verb: dispense with

1. dispense with (possession) give up what is not strictly needed


SamplesHe asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey.


Synonymsgive up, part with, spare


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)give

2. dispense with (social) do without or cease to hold or adhere to


SamplesWe are dispensing with formalities.
Relinquish the old ideas.


Synonymsforego, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)give up, kick

3. dispense with (possession) forgo or do or go without


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)abandon









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