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dispatch

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of dispatch

  1. 1 a message on paper from one person or group to another a soldier sending daily dispatches to friends and family back home Synonyms of dispatch letter, epistle, memo, memorandum, missive, noteWords Related to dispatch billet-doux, open letter; airmail, card, electronic mail, e-mail, junk mail, mail, postal card, postcard; communication, report; encyclical

  2. 2 a piece of conveyed information a dispatch from headquarters regarding a change in battle plans Synonyms of dispatch communication, messageWords Related to dispatch bulletin, communiqué, express [British], report; memo, memorandum, notice; epistle, letter, missive, note; electronic mail, e-mail, voice mail; intelligence, news, tidings, word; command, directive, instruction, order

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

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dispatch

  1. 1 to cause to go or be taken from one place to another dispatched a messenger with urgent news Synonyms of dispatch consign, send, pack (off), ship, shoot, transfer, transmit, transportWords Related to dispatch convey, deliver, hand over, pass, render; advance, drop, launch; address, forward; export, import; bestow, contribute, donate, give, present; resend, returnNear Antonyms of dispatch acquire, draw, earn, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secureAntonyms of dispatch accept, receive

  2. 2 to deprive of life the exterminator dispatched the termites with professional efficiency Synonyms of dispatch carry off, claim, croak [slang], destroy, kill, do in, fell, slay, takeWords Related to dispatch bump off, butcher, cut down, finish, get, ice [slang], knock off, murder, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, scrag, snuff, take out, waste, whack [slang]; annihilate, blot out, decimate, kill off, massacre, mow, slaughter, smite; assassinate, execute, martyr, terminate; euthanize (also euthanatize), put down; suicideNear Antonyms of dispatch raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive; nurtureAntonyms of dispatch animate

  3. 3 to put to death deliberately during his reign of terror the dictator dispatched thousands without the slightest qualm Synonyms of dispatch assassinate, bump off, croak [slang], murder, do in, execute, get, ice [slang], knock off, liquidate, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, slay, snuff, take out, terminate, whack [slang]Words Related to dispatch blow away, shoot, shoot down; blot out, carry off, claim, cut down, destroy, fell, kill, smite, zap; butcher, massacre, mow (down), slaughter; annihilate, eliminate, eradicate, exterminate, wipe outNear Antonyms of dispatch animate, raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive

  4. 4 to achieve a victory over they dispatched the other team without breaking a sweat Synonyms of dispatch best, conquer, defeat, beat, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstWords Related to dispatch sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms of dispatch fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of dispatch lose (to)

  5. 5 to cause to go or be taken from one place to another dispatched a messenger to warn the colonel about the attack Synonyms of dispatch consign, send, pack (off), ship, shoot, transfer, transmit, transportWords Related to dispatch convey, deliver, hand over, pass, render; advance, drop, launch; address, forward; export, import; bestow, contribute, donate, give, present; resend, returnNear Antonyms of dispatch acquire, draw, earn, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secureAntonyms of dispatch accept, receive

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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