dispense Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"dispense" in British English

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dispenseverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈspens/
to give out things, ​especiallyproducts, ​services, or ​amounts of ​money: There is a ​vendingmachine on the ​platform that dispenses ​snacks. to ​prepare and give out ​medicine: UK a dispensing ​chemist
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(Definition of dispense from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dispense" in American English

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dispenseverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈspens/
to give out or ​provide an ​item or ​substance: Is there a ​tourismagency that dispenses ​citymaps? This ​gasolinepump is ​capable of dispensing eight ​blends of ​gasoline.
(Definition of dispense from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dispense" in Business English

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dispenseverb

uk   us   /dɪˈspens/
[T] to ​provide something such as a ​service, ​money, or ​information: dispense advice/information A ​personalfinancialmanager will dispense ​advice on ​investments. The County Federation of Labor is dispensing $3 million in ​aid to ​unemployedhotel and ​airportworkers.
[T] COMMERCE if a ​machine dispenses a ​product or ​cash, it gives it out when someone puts in ​money or a ​specialnumber: The ​company makes ​vendingmachines that dispense drinks and snacks. The ​machines not only dispense ​cash but also ​acceptdeposits and ​transferbalances.
[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.
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(Definition of dispense from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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