dispense di‧spense [dɪˈspens] verb [intransitive, transitive]
1. if a machine dispenses something, it gives it to someone who puts in money, a special number etc:

• Four machines dispense a wide range of drinks and snacks.

• a cash dispensing machine

— dispenser noun [countable] :

• There's a cash dispenser outside the bank.

2. to sell or give medicines to people:

• A pharmacist will never dispense a prescription unless he or she is sure it is correct.

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dispense UK US /dɪˈspens/ verb
[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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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