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verb dis·patch \di-ˈspach\

Definition of dispatch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2a :  to kill with quick efficiency <dispatched the deer with one shot>b obsolete :  deprive

  4. 3 :  to dispose of (as a task) rapidly or efficiently <anxious to dispatch the matter> < … household business could not be dispatched hastily by Mrs. Tulliver. — George Eliot>

  5. 4 :  defeat 3 <easily dispatching each team they played>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. archaic :  to make haste :  hurry

dispatcher

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Examples of dispatch in a sentence

  1. Rescue workers were immediately dispatched to the area.

  2. The hotel dispatched a limo to pick us up from the airport.

  3. He dispatched the guard with one bullet.

Origin and Etymology of dispatch

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


First Known Use: 1517

Synonym Discussion of dispatch

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>.

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

Definition of dispatch

  1. 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 4file 2b) by a correspondent <dispatches from the war zone>

  2. 2 :  the act of dispatching: such asa obsolete :  dismissalb :  the act of killingc (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 riddanced :  a sending off :  shipment <the immediate dispatch of supplies to the front>

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

Examples of dispatch in a sentence

  1. The general sent a dispatch to headquarters.

  2. He requested the immediate dispatch of supplies.

  3. The reporter sent many dispatches from the war zone.

Origin and Etymology of dispatch

see 1dispatch


First Known Use: 1537

Synonym Discussion of dispatch

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>.


DISPATCH Defined for English Language Learners

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dispatch

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verb dis·patch \di-ˈspach\

Definition of dispatch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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

Definition of dispatch for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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dispatch

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verb dis·patch \di-ˈspach\

Definition of dispatch for Students

dispatched

dispatching

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

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

  3. 3 :  1kill 1 <dispatch a sick animal>

dispatcher

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noun dis·patch

Definition of dispatch for Students

  1. 1 :  message 1 <Send a dispatch to headquarters.>

  2. 2 :  a news story sent in to a newspaper

  3. 3 :  1speed 1 <You must act with dispatch.>



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