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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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