dispatch meaning

[ dis'pætʃ ] Pronunciation:   "dispatch" in a sentence
Verb: dispatch  di'spach
  1. Send away towards a designated goal
    - despatch [Brit], send off 
  2. Complete or carry out
    - discharge, complete 
  3. Kill intentionally and with premeditation
    - murder, slay, hit, bump off, off, polish off, remove 
  4. Dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently
    "He dispatched the task he was assigned" 
  5. Kill without delay
    "the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"
Noun: dispatch  di'spach
  1. An official report (usually sent in haste)
    - despatch [Brit], communiqué 
  2. The act of sending off something
    - despatch [Brit], shipment 
  3. The property of being prompt and efficient
    "it was done with dispatch"
    - despatch [Brit], expedition, expeditiousness 
  4. Killing a person or animal
    - despatch [Brit]

Derived forms: dispatching, dispatches, dispatched

See also: dispatcher

Type of: accomplish, account, act, action, carry out, carry through, celerity, departure, execute, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], going, going away, kill, killing, leaving, move, news report, putting to death, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, report, send, ship, speediness, story, transport, write up

Encyclopedia: Dispatch

especially in BrE) // verb [+ obj]


to send sb somewhere, especially for a special purpose:

A courier was dispatched to collect the documents.

We've dispatched a number of our key development people to our branch in Tokyo.

2 (Commerce )

to send a letter, parcel/package or message somewhere:

Goods are dispatched within 24 hours of your order reaching us.

dispatch (also spelled despatch, especially in BrE) noun [U]:

The goods are ready for dispatch.

the central dispatch office See note at DISTRIBUTION


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  1. you might want to look over these dispatches.
  2. he returned with dispatches for the city.
  3. i threw the dispatch on the table.
  4. invitations were sent with dispatch.
  5. he sent his letter by dispatch.

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