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 for To dispense with
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dispense \Dis*pense"\, v. i.
     1. To compensate; to make up; to make amends. [Obs.]
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              One loving hour
              For many years of sorrow can dispense. --Spenser.
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     2. To give dispensation.
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              He [the pope] can also dispense in all matters of
              ecclesiastical law.                   --Addis &
                                                    Arnold (Cath.
                                                    Dict. )
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     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.]
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