1 distribute, give out, hand or pass out, furnish, supply, provide, give away, deal (out), dole out, parcel out, disburse, mete out, share (out), issue, apportion, allocate, allot, assign, Colloq dish out:
The Red Cross dispensed medicines to the stricken villagers.
2 administer, conduct, direct, operate, superintend, supervise, carry out, execute, discharge, apply, implement, enforce:
It is the governor who dispenses justice in these islands.
3 dispense with.
(a) do without, forgo, give up, eschew, relinquish, refuse, waive, forswear, abstain (from), renounce, reject:
Can we dispense with the jokes and get to work?
(b) do away with, get rid of, eliminate, do without, dispose of, abolish, manage or do without, remove, cancel, ignore, render unnecessary or superfluous:
Building on solid rock will dispense with the need for a foundation.