› [T] to provide something such as a service, money, or information: dispense advice/information A personal financial manager will dispense advice on investments. The County Federation of Labor is dispensing $3 million in aid to unemployed hotel and airport workers. › [T] COMMERCE if a machine dispenses a product or cash, it gives it out when someone puts in money or a special number: The company makes vending machines that dispense drinks and snacks. The machines not only dispense cash but also accept deposits and transfer balances. › [I or T] to prepare medicines as a job and give or sell them to people: dispense drugs/medication/medicine Hundreds of wrong prescriptions have been dispensed.