Definition of dispatch in English:

dispatch

Syllabification: dis·patch
Pronunciation: /disˈpaCH
 
/
(also despatch)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Send off to a destination or for a purpose: he dispatched messages back to base [with object and infinitive]: the mayor dispatched 150 police officers to restore order
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    • They didn't have any weapons - or weed, for that matter - so they were dispatched and sent on their way.
    • From his driveway, Benelli dispatches patrol cars and sends officers to new assignments.
    • Police quickly dispatch a cab and send them home.
    Synonyms
    send (off), post, mail, forward, transmit, email
  • 2Deal with (a task, problem, or opponent) quickly and efficiently: they dispatched the opposition
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    • Meanwhile, Shuae had already quickly dispatched his opponent, the twin blades surprising and overcoming his foe.
    • O'Malley's ability depends largely on his eagerness to dispatch opponents back to the dressing room quickly in sometimes alarming states of dishevelment.
    • It's a sign of the changing attitude of the players that this season they have been far more disciplined in dispatching opponents, even in the face of overzealous aggression.
    Synonyms
    deal with, finish, conclude, settle, discharge, perform; expedite, push through
    informal make short work of
  • 2.1Kill: he dispatched the animal with one blow
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    • Hardened by his visions and experience with the Citadel, he is no stranger to killing and has dispatched his fair share of assassins.
    • If a farmer fails to meet this deadline the animal is unable to leave the farm and is therefore not allowed to enter the foodchain dispatching many animals to death.
    • And many of these people were killed or dispatched to work at death camps.
    Synonyms
    kill, put to death, take/end the life of; slaughter, butcher, massacre, wipe out, exterminate, eliminate; murder, assassinate, execute
    informal bump off, do in, do away with, take out, blow away, ice, rub out, waste
    literary slay

noun

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  • 1The sending of someone or something to a destination or for a purpose: a resolution authorizing the dispatch of a peacekeeping force
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    • Cabinet-level approval of legislation that would authorize dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel could come as early as today.
    • I would have thought the date of dispatch or date of posting.
    • If you have an interest into what really happened on the day, you can either read the unedited transcripts or download the audio dispatch transmissions.
    Synonyms
    sending, posting, mailing, emailing
  • 1.1Speed in action: the situation might change, so he should proceed with dispatch
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    • Sir Christopher said the overall impression in this case was of a child protection investigation conducted ‘with dispatch or perhaps undue haste’.
    • While the plaintiffs have the onus to proceed expeditiously and with dispatch in the prosecution of an action, this is not a case where the default has been intentional or contumelious.
    • Worse, their districts or specific duties to which they are assigned are so self-regulated, they dare not cross a street or act with dispatch if a crime is being committed outside their jurisdiction.
    Synonyms
  • 2An official report on state or military affairs: in his battle dispatch he described the gunner’s bravery
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    • It is building up a new squad of highly-trained birds able to handle confidential military dispatches.
    • His official dispatch, written in 1945, was placed on the restricted list apparently because the Air Ministry took objection to it.
    • I am told that many of these early military telegraphic dispatches survive in the War Department collection of the U.S. National Archives.
    Synonyms
    communication, communiqué, bulletin, report, statement, letter, message; news, intelligence
    informal memo, info, story, lowdown, scoop
    literary tidings
  • 2.1A report sent in by a newspaper’s correspondent from a faraway place.
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    • Thus each of my 17 chapters begins with a dateline, as if it were a journalistic dispatch.
    • The Associated Press sent a dispatch out of Bangkok that they considered news.
    • The best journalistic despatches always come from behind enemy lines.
  • 3The killing of someone or something: the legendary dispatch of villains by a hero
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    • The entry of Michael Corleone into the family business, the transition of power from his father, the ruthless dispatch of his enemies - all of this is told with an assurance that is simply outstanding.
    • As soon as hounds do get close to a glycogen depleted deer, it is very unlikely to escape and its despatch is generally prompt.
    • She received a letter from Sir Anthony Babington, asking for her to approve "the dispatch of the usurping Competitor" – in other words, the assassination of Elizabeth.
    Synonyms
    killing, slaughter, massacre, extermination, elimination; murder, assassination, execution
    literary slaying

Derivatives

dispatcher

noun
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  • We will investigate why the train dispatchers from both stations dispatched the trains at the same time.
  • It is not the killers and their dispatchers who are put on trial, it is the victims.
  • While some workers gathered in the parking lot to mark the solemn anniversary, dispatchers inside answered calls and kept an eye on the memorial service being televised from New York.

Origin

early 16th century: from Italian dispacciare or Spanish despachar 'expedite', from dis-, des- (expressing reversal) + the base of Italian impacciare, Spanish empachar 'hinder'.

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