dispense with (v.) Old form(s): dispence
gain exemption from, set aside, dissolve
1H6 V.v.28[Gloucester to King, of his existing engagement] How shall we then dispense with that contract
2H6 V.i.181[King to Salisbury, of breaking his vow of allegiance] Canst thou dispense with heaven for such an oath?
E3 IV.vii.34[Prince Edward to Audley] If honour may dispense for thee with death
LLL I.i.145[King to all, of their oaths] We must of force dispense with this decree
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