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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
dis•patch /v. dɪˈspætʃ; n. also ˈdɪspætʃ/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
dis•patch•er, n. [countable]The police dispatcher sent several squad cars to the area.
- the sending off of a messenger, letter, troops, etc.:[countable; usually singular]the dispatch of a special brigade to the troubled region.
- prompt or speedy action:[uncountable]done with dispatch.
- an official communication sent with speed:[countable]The general sent a dispatch to his field commander.
- Journalism a news story transmitted to a newspaper by a reporter:[countable]a dispatch from Nairobi.
(di spach′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to send off or away with speed, as a messenger, telegram, body of troops, etc.
- to dismiss (a person), as after an audience.
- to put to death;
kill:The spy was promptly dispatched.
- to transact or dispose of (a matter) promptly or speedily.
- [Archaic.]to hasten;
- the sending off of a messenger, letter, etc., to a destination.
- the act of putting to death;
- prompt or speedy transaction, as of business.
- expeditious performance;
promptness or speed:Proceed with all possible dispatch.
- a method of effecting a speedy delivery of goods, money, etc.
- a conveyance or organization for the expeditious transmission of goods, money, etc.
- a written message sent with speed.
- an official communication sent by special messenger.
- Journalisma news story transmitted to a newspaper, wire service, or the like, by one of its reporters, or by a wire service to a newspaper or other news agency.
- British Terms, Idiomsmentioned in dispatches, honored by being named in official military reports for special bravery or acts of service.
- Late Latin -pedicāre to shackle; see impeach
- Old French despeechier to unshackle, equivalent. to des- dis-1 + -peechier
- Spanish despachar both ultimately
- Italian dispacciare to hasten, speed, or
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rapidity, haste, alacrity, celerity.
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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