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Meaning of DISPATCH

Pronunciation:  di'spach

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of sending off something
  2. [n]  the murder or execution of someone
  3. [n]  the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch"
  4. [n]  an official report (usually sent in haste)
  5. [v]  send off promptly
  6. [v]  kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
  7. [v]  complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"

DISPATCH is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bump off, communique, complete, despatch, despatch, despatch, despatch, discharge, expedition, expeditiousness, hit, murder, polish off, remove, send off, shipment, slay
 See Also: account, bundle off, burke, carry, celerity, dateline, departure, execute, going, going away, kill, kill, killing, leaving, news report, putting to death, quickness, rapidity, report, reshipment, route, send, ship, story, transport, write up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*patch"\ (?; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Dispatched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dispatching}.] [OF.
    despeechier, F. d['e]p[^e]cher; prob. from pref. des- (L.
    dis-) + (assumed) LL. pedicare to place obstacles in the way,
    fr. L. pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and
    cf. {Impeach}, {Despatch}.] [Written also {despatch}.]
    1. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly;
       to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
             Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we The
             business we have talked of.           --Shak.
             [The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day
             dispatcheth all the harvest work.     --Robynson
    2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]
             I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.
    3. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.
             Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the
             country . . . they perish among the lumber of
             garrets.                              --Walpole.
    4. To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending
       off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special
       business, and implying haste.
             Even with the speediest expedition I will dispatch
             him to the emperor's cou??.           --Shak.
    5. To send out of the world; to put to death.
             The company shall stone them with stones, and
             dispatch them with their swords.      --Ezek. xxiii.
    Syn: To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform;
         conclude; finish; slay; kill.
  2. \Dis*patch"\, v. i.
    To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of
          They have dispatched with Pompey.        --Shak.
  3. \Dis*patch"\, n. [Cf. OF. despeche, F. d['e]p[^e]che.
    See {Dispatch}, v. t.] [Written also {despatch}.]
    1. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on
       important business.
    2. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance.
             To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved
             comforts.                             --Milton.
    3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of
       business; prompt execution; diligence; haste.
             Serious business, craving quick dispatch. --Shak.
             To carry his scythe . . . with a sufficient dispatch
             through a sufficient space.           --Paley.
    4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an
       important official letter sent from one public officer to
       another; -- often used in the plural; as, a messenger has
       arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval
       or military dispatches.
    5. A message transmitted by telegraph. [Modern]
    {Dispatch boat}, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an
       advice boat.
    {Dispatch box}, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for
       papers and other conveniences when traveling.
    Syn: Haste; hurry; promptness; celerity; speed. See {Haste}.
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