AskDefine | Define dispatch

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1 an official report (usually sent in haste) [syn: despatch, communique]
2 the act of sending off something [syn: despatch, shipment]
3 the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch" [syn: despatch, expedition, expeditiousness]
4 killing a person or animal [syn: despatch]


1 send away towards a designated goal [syn: despatch, send off]
2 complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties" [syn: discharge, complete]
3 kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, hit, bump off, polish off, remove]
4 dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently; "He dispatched the task he was assigned"
5 kill without delay; "the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"

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rfc Etymology is a mess
From Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, from Provençal despachar "to get rid of", from Middle French despeechier "to set free", from Old French


  • a AusE /dəˈspætʃ/
  • a RP /dɪˈspætʃ/
  • a US /dɪˈspætʃ/
  • Rhymes with: -ætʃ


  1. To send a shipment with promptness.
  2. To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness
  3. To hurry
  4. To deprive.
  5. To destroy quickly and efficiently
  6. To pass on for further processing, esp. via a dispatch table (computing, often with to)


To send with promptness
To hurry
To defeat
To deprive
To destroy quickly and efficiently


  1. A message sent quickly, as a shipment, a prompt settlement of a business, or an important official message sent by a diplomat, or military officer.
  2. The act of getting rid of something quickly
  3. A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field.
  4. A dismissal.


A message sent quickly
The act of dispatching
A dismissal
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

A dispatch or dispatches can refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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