how to pronounce dispense


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dispense is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of dispense in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… some dispense the largest party but you …”

meanings of dispense


  1. To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
  2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
  3. To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
  4. To issue, distribute, or give out.
  5. To give a dispensation to (someone); to excuse.


  1. Cost, expenditure.
  2. The act of dispensing, dispensation.

dispense frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word dispense occurs in english on average 3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dispense can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dispense can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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