dispense with (v.) Old form(s): dispence
disregard, pardon, put up with
CE II.i.103[Adriana to Luciana, of her husband's actions] Unfeeling fools can with such wrongs dispense
Luc.1070[Lucrece to herself] I ... with my trespass never will dispense, / Till life to death acquit my forced offence
Luc.1704[Lucrece to all, of the rape] May my pure mind with the foul act dispense
MM III.i.138[Claudio to Isabella] What sin you do to save a brother's life, / Nature dispenses with the deed so far / That it becomes a virtue
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