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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dispatch, despatch, communiquenoun

    an official report (usually sent in haste)

  2. dispatch, despatch, shipmentnoun

    the act of sending off something

  3. dispatch, despatch, expedition, expeditiousnessnoun

    the property of being prompt and efficient

    "it was done with dispatch"

  4. dispatch, despatchverb

    killing a person or animal

  5. dispatch, despatch, send offverb

    send away towards a designated goal

  6. dispatch, discharge, completeverb

    complete or carry out

    "discharge one's duties"

  7. murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, removeverb

    kill intentionally and with premeditation

    "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

  8. dispatchverb

    dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently

    "He dispatched the task he was assigned"

  9. dispatchverb

    kill without delay

    "the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"


  1. dispatchnoun

    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.

  2. dispatchnoun

    The act of getting rid of something quickly

  3. dispatchnoun

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

  4. dispatchnoun

    A dismissal.

  5. dispatchverb

    To send a shipment with promptness.

  6. dispatchverb

    To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness

  7. dispatchverb

    To hurry

  8. dispatchverb

    To deprive.

  9. dispatchverb

    To destroy quickly and efficiently

  10. dispatchverb

    To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (computing, often with to)

  11. Etymology: The etymology of the word is uncertain. It is connected to the French dépêcher and dépêche which are in meaning equivalents to this word. The French words are made up of the prefix dés- (Lat. dis-) and the root of empêcher (Lat. impedicare, composed from prefix in- and pedica) translated as 'to refrain', 'to stop'. The French word came into English as "depeach", which was in use from the 15th century until "despatch" was introduced. This word is direct from the Italian dispacciare, or Spanish despachar, which must be derived from the Lat. root appearing in pactus (the perfect passive infinitive of the verb pangere) meaning fixed, fastened.


  1. dispatch

    Dispatch primarily refers to the act of sending someone or something to a location for a specific purpose. It can also mean killing something or someone quickly and efficiently, dealing with a task promptly or efficiently, or officially sending off a shipment or message.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dispatchverb

    to dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform

  2. Dispatchverb

    to rid; to free

  3. Dispatchverb

    to get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily

  4. Dispatchverb

    to send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special business, and implying haste

  5. Dispatchverb

    to send out of the world; to put to death

  6. Dispatchverb

    to make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of business

  7. Dispatchverb

    the act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business

  8. Dispatchverb

    any sending away; dismissal; riddance

  9. Dispatchverb

    the finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste

  10. Dispatchverb

    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

  11. Dispatchverb

    a message transmitted by telegraph


  1. Dispatch

    Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis Heimbold, and Chad Urmston. The band, which is based in the Boston area, was originally active from 1996 until 2002. The members then announced a hiatus, which would ultimately last for almost a decade; during this period, the band came together for reunion concerts in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.. The hiatus ended in the beginning of 2011, when the band announced a national tour. In May of the same year, Dispatch released an EP containing six new songs, their first all-new release since 2000. The band released both their first studio album in over a decade, Circles Around the Sun, and an iTunes session in 2012 and toured North America that summer in support of the album. On April 22, 2013, Dispatch announced a double-disc live album called "Ain't No Trip to Cleveland Vol. 1" and slated for release on June 4, 2013.


  1. Dispatch

    Dispatches are intelligent group email addresses for your projects. No more noise. No more hassle.The Simplicity of Email + The Power of a Project Management System.Dispatch began at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon 2011. It was created by a team of three, including 17 year old Alex Godin, to solve organization problems with file sharing by consolidating files from different web pages.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dispatch

    All duty is required to be performed with diligence.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dispatch

    An official military letter sent by the commander of an army in the field to the authorities at home. The term is also applied to the military letters giving an account of military operations sent by subordinate officers holding detached commands to the general of an army in the field. See Dispatches.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispatch in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispatch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dispatch in a Sentence

  1. Miguel de Cervantes:

    There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a dish of fritters.

  2. Aldus Manutius:

    Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.

  3. Richard Thornton:

    We are not sitting waiting for the phone to ring, we are looking at social media. We are contacting partners, looking at 911 dispatch. Our own holdings. All the ways we can gather info to suggest there could be something.

  4. Conner Doss and Kane Daugherty:

    I hear Miss Julie say,' Hey ! Somebody help !' So, I run up. Miss Julie's over here shaking really bad, i picked up the [ dispatch radio ], I said,' Somebody help. Our bus driver feels really dizzy.' Somebody called Miss Julie phone.

  5. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon:

    We will not allow the transfer of quality weapons to terror groups led by Hezbollah and we know how to reach them and those that dispatch them at any time.

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Translations for dispatch

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  • إرسالArabic
  • телеграма, пращам, експедиция, депеша, бързамBulgarian
  • Beeilen, Besiegen, Verschicken, Entziehen, VersendenGerman
  • βιάζομαιGreek
  • depeŝoEsperanto
  • comunicado, envío, despacho, privar, despachar, despacharse, envío urgenteSpanish
  • lähettää, tappaaFinnish
  • feladás, elküldeniHungarian
  • dispaccioItalian
  • לְשַׁגֵרHebrew
  • ablēgātiōLatin
  • verzendenDutch
  • ekspedere, (av)sendeNorwegian
  • лишать, депеша, спешить, расправляться, отправлятьRussian
  • omintetgöraSwedish
  • yenme, yollama, acele etme, yoksun bırakma, gönderme, mahrum etme, sevk etmeTurkish
  • cử điVietnamese
  • 调度Chinese

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