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English verb: dispense

1. dispense (possession) administer or bestow, as in small portions


SamplesAdminister critical remarks to everyone present.
Dole out some money.
Shell out pocket money for the children.
Deal a blow to someone.
The machine dispenses soft drinks.


Synonymsadminister, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)allot, apply, assign, deal, give, portion, reallot

2. dispense (social) grant a dispensation; grant an exemption


SamplesI was dispensed from this terrible task.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)exempt, free, relieve

3. dispense (body) give or apply (medications)


Synonymsadminister


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)care for, treat


Narrower (hyponym)digitalize, give, inject, shoot, transfuse


Entailapply, give


Domain categorymedicine, practice of medicine









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