dispatch

verb
dis·patch | \di-ˈspach \

Definition of dispatch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to send off or away with promptness or speed dispatch a letter dispatch an ambulance to the scene especially : to send off on official business dispatch a messenger

2a : to kill with quick efficiency dispatched the deer with one shot

b obsolete : deprive

3 : to dispose of (something, such as a task) rapidly or efficiently anxious to dispatch the matter … household business could not be dispatched hastily by Mrs. Tulliver.— George Eliot

4 : defeat sense 3 easily dispatching each team they played

intransitive verb

archaic : to make haste : hurry

dispatch

noun
dis·patch | \di-ˈspach, ˈdis-ˌpach \

Definition of dispatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a message sent with speed especially : an important official message sent by a diplomatic, military, or naval officer sent a dispatch to headquarters

b : a news item filed (see file entry 4 sense 2b) by a correspondent dispatches from the war zone

2 : the act of dispatching: such as

a obsolete : dismissal

b : the act of killing

c(1) : prompt settlement (as of an item of business) Tom Pinch and his sister having to part, for the dispatch of the morning's business …, had no opportunity of discussing the subject at that time.— Charles Dickens

(2) : quick riddance

d : a sending off : shipment the immediate dispatch of supplies to the front

3 : promptness and efficiency in performance or transmission done with dispatch

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Other Words from dispatch

Verb

dispatcher noun

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Verb

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner. killed in an accident frost killed the plants slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive. slew thousands of the Philistines murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility. convicted of murdering a rival assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives. terrorists assassinated the Senator dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death. dispatched the sentry with one bullet execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty. executed by lethal gas

Noun

haste, hurry, speed, expedition, dispatch mean quickness in movement or action. haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness. marry in haste hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion. in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action. exercises to increase your reading speed expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters. the case came to trial with expedition paid bills with dispatch

Examples of dispatch in a Sentence

Verb

Rescue workers were immediately dispatched to the area. The hotel dispatched a limo to pick us up from the airport. He dispatched the guard with one bullet.

Noun

The general sent a dispatch to headquarters. He requested the immediate dispatch of supplies. The reporter sent many dispatches from the war zone.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to authorities, just before 6:00 p.m. they were dispatched to Irving Materials gravel, located on Alexandria Pike, for the report of a person in the water. Indianapolis Star, "Anderson authorities recover body of missing man swimming at quarry," 3 July 2018 She was dispatched to El Paso, Texas, a town where, she was told, day laborers crossed into the United States — sometimes with their children. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Former Cult Member Says Leader Asked Her to Kidnap a Mexican Child Who'd Crossed U.S. Border," 30 June 2018 He was dispatched to the Poston Internment Camp—the largest of the ten camps the government created to house the Japanese Americans—in the desert of southwestern Arizona. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Locking up Cubs legend Yosh Kawano also got Supreme Court OK," 27 June 2018 Alice’s return to Wonderland — where she gets dispatched on an emergency search for tea-party refreshments — is an LGBTQ-pride edition that puts a more adult spin on the punning wordplay and is performed by an all-male cast that rocks its frocks. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: Come in. Aleichem and Churchill are waiting," 15 June 2018 As a part of a multi-national force, he was dispatched to different locations across the region to examine the burn pits being used to incinerate numerous types of waste. Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, "Former burn pit inspector says warnings were largely ignored by Pentagon officials during Iraq War," 7 June 2018 Waukegan Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark DeRose said they were dispatched to the scene at around 12:20 p.m. Saturday. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "'Everything happened so fast': No injuries, but fire displaces dozens at Waukegan apartment building," 28 Apr. 2018 Jamieson said the bars were closing in Ballard when officers were dispatched to a report of gunfire at 1:45 a.m. in the 4900 block of Leary Avenue Northwest. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Ballard shooting victim reportedly brother of ex-Husky star Budda Baker," 23 Apr. 2018 They're dispatched if available to certain types of crisis calls. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Consultants urge Portland police to send officers with enhanced training to more mental health calls," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to an online trooper dispatch, Charles Andrews, 51, was arrested Tuesday in Bethel on a $25,000 warrant. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Alaska man charged with sex abuse and incest," 12 July 2018 The police showed up at Martin’s apartment on West 106th Street, and according to the dispatch, a large weapon was involved in the burglary. Yesha Callahan, The Root, "#MovingInWhileBlack: Former White House Staffer Accused of Breaking Into His Own Apartment," 1 May 2018 Baldermann and Will County board member Ray Tuminello, R-New Lenox, worked closely with Veerman over the past year, with the building and opening of the new dispatch center. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Brad Veerman remembered as a 'great public servant'," 9 July 2018 According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, around 60 percent of calls made to the dispatch center are non-emergencies. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Police: Call this number instead of 911 for 4th of July fireworks," 4 July 2018 The 911 dispatch center is at a different location so no emergency services were affected, Walsh said. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Watch the moment a lightning strike hit Apopka police headquarters, putting scare into officer," 27 June 2018 The bus driver had been in contact with the Riteway bus company dispatch center, which sent a safety team to the bus's location. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Video shows Glendale woman hitting bus window with hammer to rescue daughter after fight," 11 June 2018 As police were talking to victims on that street, dispatch got a call from a Cypress Street resident whose vehicle had met the same fate. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping," 6 July 2018 Style asked him to turn his lens on San Francisco neighborhoods for occasional #SFStyle dispatches. Adam Mastroianni, SFChronicle.com, "SF street style: Hanging in Hayes Valley," 30 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dispatch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of dispatch

Verb

1517, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dispatch

Verb

Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, from Occitan despachar to get rid of, from Middle French despechier to set free, from Old French, from des- dis- + -pechier (as in enpechier to ensnare) — more at impeach

Noun

see dispatch entry 1

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dispatch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dispatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send (someone or something) quickly to a particular place for a particular purpose

: to defeat (a person or team) in a game, contest, etc.

: to kill (a person or animal) quickly

dispatch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dispatch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an important official message

: the act of sending someone or something to a particular place for a particular purpose

: a news story that a reporter sends to a newspaper usually from a foreign country

dispatch

verb
dis·patch | \di-ˈspach \
dispatched; dispatching

Kids Definition of dispatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send away quickly to a certain place or for a certain reason The general dispatched a messenger.

2 : to get done quickly She dispatched one job and moved to the next.

3 : kill entry 1 sense 1 dispatch a sick animal

Other Words from dispatch

dispatcher noun

dispatch

noun

Kids Definition of dispatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : message sense 1 Send a dispatch to headquarters.

2 : a news story sent in to a newspaper

3 : speed entry 1 sense 1 You must act with dispatch.

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