|Origin:||dispensare 'to share out', from pendere 'to weigh'|
to give something to people, especially in fixed amounts [= give out]
dispense something to somebody
Villagers dispensed tea to visitors.
a machine for dispensing cash
to officially provide something for people
dispense justice (=decide whether or not someone is guilty of a crime and what punishment they should receive)
to officially prepare and give medicines to people