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dispense: always in the constr. “dispense with” = (1) to make an arrangement with, for an offence 2H6 V. i. 181 “Canst thou with heaven for such an oath?” ; (2) to give exemption or relief from LLL. I. i. 146 “ with this decree,” 1H6 V. v. 28 “ with that contract” ; (3) to set aside, disregard Wiv. II. i. 47 “ with trifles” ; (4) to forgo, do without Meas. III. i. 152 “ with your leisure,” Tim. III. ii. 94 “learn now with pity to ” ; (5) to condone by dispensation, pardon Meas. III. i. 133 “Nature d-s with the deed,” Err. II. i. 103, Lucr. 1070, 1279, 1704
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 5.5
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