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.
[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.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dispatch, despatch /dɪˈspætʃ/ vb (transitive)
- to send off promptly, as to a destination or to perform a task
- to discharge or complete (a task, duty, etc) promptly
- informal to eat up quickly
- to murder or execute
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 fetterdisˈpatcher n
- the act of sending off a letter, messenger, etc
- prompt action or speed (often in the phrase with dispatch)
- an official communication or report, sent in haste
- a report sent to a newspaper, etc, by a correspondent
- murder or execution
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