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phrasal verb

dispense with

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phrasal verb [transitive] formal
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present tense
I/you/we/theydispense with
he/she/itdispenses with
present participledispensing with
past tensedispensed with
past participledispensed with
  1. dispense with someone/something to no longer use someone or something because you no longer want or need them
    dispense with the formalities (=to not do things usually done in a social situation in order to do something more important immediately):

    I think we all know each other, so we can dispense with the formalities.

    dispense with someone’s services (=stop employing them):

    We have reluctantly decided to dispense with Porter’s services after a series of poor results.

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