To dispense with
Dispense Dis*pense", v. i. 1. To compensate; to make up; to make amends. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

One loving hour For many years of sorrow can dispense. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To give dispensation. [1913 Webster]

He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters of ecclesiastical law. --Addis & Arnold (Cath. Dict. ) [1913 Webster]

{To dispense with}. (a) To permit the neglect or omission of, as a form, a ceremony, an oath; to suspend the operation of, as a law; to give up, release, or do without, as services, attention, etc.; to forego; to part with. (b) To allow by dispensation; to excuse; to exempt; to grant dispensation to or for. [Obs.] ``Conniving and dispensing with open and common adultery.'' --Milton. (c) To break or go back from, as one's word. [Obs.] --Richardson. [1913 Webster]


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