WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
dis•patch /v. dɪˈspætʃ; n. also ˈdɪspætʃ/USA pronunciation v. [+ object] to send off or away with speed:He dispatched his best troops to the borders. to put to death; kill:The injured horse was dispatched painlessly by its owner. to transact or dispose of (a matter) promptly:The negotiations were dispatched almost as soon as the two sides sat down to talk.
n.  [countable; usually singular] the sending off of a messenger, letter, troops, etc.:the dispatch of a special brigade to the troubled region. [uncountable] prompt or speedy action:done with dispatch. [countable] an official communication sent with speed:The general sent a dispatch to his field commander. Journalism[countable] a news story transmitted to a newspaper by a reporter:a dispatch from Nairobi. dis•patch•er, n. [countable]The police dispatcher sent several squad cars to the area.

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dispatch, despatch /dɪˈspætʃ/ vb (transitive)
  1. to send off promptly, as to a destination or to perform a task
  2. to discharge or complete (a task, duty, etc) promptly
  3. informal to eat up quickly
  4. to murder or execute
  1. the act of sending off a letter, messenger, etc
  2. prompt action or speed (often in the phrase with dispatch)
  3. an official communication or report, sent in haste
  4. a report sent to a newspaper, etc, by a correspondent
  5. murder or execution
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian dispacciare, from Provençal despachar, from Old French despeechier to set free, from des- dis-1 + -peechier, ultimately from Latin pedica a fetter

disˈpatcher n

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