Definition of Dispatch

1. Noun. An official report (usually sent in haste).

Exact synonyms: Communique, Despatch
Terms within: Dateline
Generic synonyms: Account, News Report, Report, Story, Write Up

2. Verb. Send away towards a designated goal. "They won't dispatch the story "
Exact synonyms: Despatch, Send Off
Generic synonyms: Send, Ship, Transport
Specialized synonyms: Bundle Off, Route
Derivative terms: Despatch, Dispatcher

3. Noun. The act of sending off something.
Exact synonyms: Despatch, Shipment
Generic synonyms: Departure, Going, Going Away, Leaving
Specialized synonyms: Reshipment
Derivative terms: Despatch, Ship

4. Verb. Complete or carry out. ; "Discharge one's duties"

5. Noun. The property of being prompt and efficient. "It was done with dispatch"
Exact synonyms: Despatch, Expedition, Expeditiousness
Generic synonyms: Celerity, Quickness, Rapidity, Rapidness, Speediness
Derivative terms: Expeditious, Expeditious

6. Verb. Kill intentionally and with premeditation. "Sam cannot dispatch Sue "; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
Exact synonyms: Bump Off, Hit, Murder, Off, Polish Off, Remove, Slay
Generic synonyms: Kill
Specialized synonyms: Burke, Execute
Derivative terms: Hit, Murder, Murderer, Slayer, Slaying

7. Noun. Killing a person or animal.
Exact synonyms: Despatch
Generic synonyms: Kill, Killing, Putting To Death

8. Verb. Dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently. "He dispatched the task he was assigned"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

9. Verb. Kill without delay. "The traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"
Generic synonyms: Kill

Definition of Dispatch

1. v. t. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.

2. v. i. To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of business.

3. n. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business.

Definition of Dispatch

1. Verb. To send a shipment with promptness. ¹

2. Verb. To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness ¹

3. Verb. To hurry ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete) To deprive. ¹

5. Verb. To destroy quickly and efficiently ¹

6. Verb. (computing) To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (''computing'', often with '''to''') ¹

7. Noun. A message sent quickly, as a shipment, a prompt settlement of a business, or an important official message sent by a diplomat, or military officer. ¹

8. Noun. The act of getting rid of something quickly ¹

9. Noun. A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field. ¹

10. Noun. (obsolete) A dismissal. ¹

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Definition of Dispatch

1. to send off with speed [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Dispatch

1. 1. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business. 2. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance. "To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved comforts." (Milton) 3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste. "Serious business, craving quick dispatch." (Shak) "To carry his scythe . . . With a sufficient dispatch through a sufficient space." (Paley) 4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an important official letter sent from one public officer to another; often used in the plural; as, a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval or military dispatches. 5. A message transmitted by telegraph. Dispatch boat, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an advice boat. Dispatch box, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for papers and other conveniences when traveling. Synonym: Haste, hurry, promptness, celerity, speed. See Haste. Origin: Cf. OF. Despeche, F. Depeche. See Dispatch Alternative forms: despatch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dispatch

dispatch (current term)
dispatch box
dispatch case
dispatch rider
dispatch table
dispatch tables

Literary usage of Dispatch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Francis Bacon by John Thomas Scharf, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Francis Bacon, James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, Douglas Denon Heath, William Rawley (1878)
"AFFECTED dispatch' is one of the most dangerous things to business that can be. ... Therefore measure not dispatch by the times of sitting, ..."

2. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"Therefore measure not dispatch by the times of sitting, but by the advancement of the business. And as in races it is not the large stride or high lift that ..."

3. The Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon, Clark Sutherland Northup (1908)
"XXV OF dispatch AFFECTED 1 dispatch is one of the most dangerous things to business that can be. ... Therefore measure not dispatch by the times of sitting, ..."

4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, William Penn (1909)
"Five Things are requisite to a good Officer; Ability, Clean Hands, dispatch, Patience and Impartiality. « CAPACITY 381. He that understands not his ..."

5. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1805)
"dispatch from Mr. Merry to Lord Hawkesbury, dated Paris, ... Note referred to in Mr. Merry't dispatch dated October 3 . ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: In by Sandford Nevile, Great Britain Court of King's Bench (1834)
"On the other hand, no appeal is given where the dispatch originates with the Directors; and yet the Board of Control have the power of treating as a ..."

7. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"After the. new cabinet was organized, the policy of the administration was changed; and it cannot be doubted but that, at the date of this dispatch, ..."

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