Meaning of “dispense” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “dispense” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dispense" in American English

See all translations

dispenseverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈspens/

to give out or provide an item or substance:

Is there a tourism agency that dispenses city maps?
This gasoline pump is capable of dispensing eight blends of gasoline.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “dispense” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dispense" in Business English

See all translations

dispenseverb

uk /dɪˈspens/ us

[ 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:

Hundreds of wrong prescriptions have been dispensed.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “dispense” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)