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1‘the servants are ready to dispense the drinks’
distribute, pass round, pass out, hand out, deal out, dole out, share out, divide out, parcel out, allocate, allot, apportion, assign, bestow, confer, supply, disburse
informal dish out
2‘the soldiers dispensed a form of summary justice’
administer, deliver, issue, discharge, deal, bestow, dole out, mete out
carry out, execute, implement, apply, operate, direct
inflict, impose, enforce, exact
3‘the pharmacists dispense only licensed medicines’
prepare, make up, mix
supply, provide, sell
4‘the pope nominated him as bishop, dispensing him from his impediment’
exempt, excuse, except, release, relieve, reprieve, absolve
grant someone a dispensation, grant someone an exemption
informal let off
1‘I think we can dispense with the formalities’
waive, omit, drop, leave out, forgo, give up, relinquish, renounce
ignore, disregard, pass over, brush aside
do away with, put a stop to, put an end to
cut out, give something a miss, knock something on the head
2‘he was able to dispense with his crutches’
get rid of, throw away, throw out, cast aside, do away with, dispose of, discard, shed
manage without, do without, cope without
ditch, scrap, axe, junk, dump, chuck out, chuck away, get shut of
get shot of
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