dispatch

verb
dis·​patch | \ di-ˈspach How to pronounce dispatch (audio) \
dispatched; dispatching; dispatches

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 1 easily dispatching each team they played

intransitive verb

archaic : to make haste : hurry

dispatch

noun
dis·​patch | \ di-ˈspach How to pronounce dispatch (audio) , ˈdi-ˌspach How to pronounce dispatch (audio) \

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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Verb

dispatcher \ di-​ˈspa-​chər How to pronounce dispatcher (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dispatch

Synonyms: Verb

consign, pack (off), send, ship, shoot, transfer, transmit, transport

Synonyms: Noun

epistle, letter, memo, memorandum, missive, note

Antonyms: Verb

accept, receive

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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

Just before half-time, as Lucas Hernandez gave away a penalty which was dispatched calmly by Emil Forsberg. SI.com, "RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Die Roten Miss Chance to Go Top," 14 Sep. 2019 The cult of Windows ordained that customers and partners be squeezed and rivals dispatched, often by questionable means, which led to the antitrust showdown. The Economist, "What Microsoft’s revival can teach other tech companies," 25 July 2019 With 650 horsepower, the Z06’s rear tires struggled to cope with a firestorm of torque dispatched by the massive V8 sitting out ahead of the cockpit. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Chevy Created the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette," 19 July 2019 In the 2016 Presidential campaign, bots were created to support both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but pro-Trump bots outnumbered pro-Clinton ones five to one, by one estimate, and many were dispatched by Russian intermediaries. Noam Cohen, The New Yorker, "Will California’s New Bot Law Strengthen Democracy?," 2 July 2019 As officials struggled to get a handle on what had happened, truckloads of supplies had already been dispatched by a nearby front chapter. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help," 11 June 2019 In Kiryat Luza, this is a communal event, in which prayers are recited and dozens of animals are dispatched simultaneously by men dressed in all white and then roasted in enormous earthen pits. National Geographic, "The very ancient Passover of one of the smallest religions in the world," 19 Apr. 2019 Such has been the life lately of Mike Pence, the loyal soldier dispatched by President Donald Trump to lead negotiations over the partial government shutdown . Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Pence tested in role of messenger for Trump policies," 13 Jan. 2019 In Sunday’s premiere, Camille, a reporter for a St. Louis paper, is dispatched by her well-meaning editor (Miguel Sandoval) to her Missouri hometown to write about the unsolved murder of one young girl and the disappearance of another. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "'Sharp Objects' with Amy Adams isn't another 'Big Little Lies' (and it shouldn't have to be)," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heath called 911, where Scott McCully of the Montgomery County Hospital District’s dispatch helped him. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "‘All we had was hope’: Orioles scout saved by stranger during cardiac arrest, overcame long odds to survive," 29 Aug. 2019 Most of the calls came into a second dispatch line at the police station and were made to or from officers’ cellphones. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Supreme Court sets October date for Cheshire murderer’s request for new trial in Petit case," 17 Sep. 2019 But over the last 10 years, CAHOOTS staff have invested more time building relationships with police and dispatch workers by being open to receiving feedback as much as giving it. oregonlive, "Portland aims to dispatch better first responders for homelessness calls," 14 Sep. 2019 One police dispatch code starts the grim ritual of a police shooting: 998. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 The non-injury blaze was reported around 2:30 a.m. at a commercial building on Kenamar Drive, just south of Trade Street, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue dispatch supervisor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Firefighters extinguish fire at Miramar metal processing plant," 9 Sep. 2019 Anyone with information is asked to call 256-533-8847 or sfinfley@madisoncountyal.gov or dispatch at 256-722-7181. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Deputies want to know: Who robbed the Dollar General?," 9 Sep. 2019 Chinese laws require that only 10% of the company's employee base be dispatch workers, however, Foxconn's labor force was made up of about 50%. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "iPhone 11: Apple denies breaking labor laws in China on the heels of watchdog report," 9 Sep. 2019 The temporary workers—also called dispatch workers—do not get full-time benefits like paid time off or health insurance. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple, Foxconn caught breaking Chinese labor laws while making iPhones," 9 Sep. 2019

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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 and Noun

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

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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.
old-fashioned : to kill (a person or animal) quickly

dispatch

noun

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

: an important official message
somewhat formal : 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 How to pronounce dispatch (audio) \
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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