- Dispatch is defined as the quick send off of something or someone.
An example of dispatch is an ambulance which is sent to a car crash site.
- The definition of dispatch is to send off quickly.
An example of dispatch is to send firefighters to an emergency scene.
- to send off or out promptly, usually on a specific errand or official business
- to put an end to; kill
- to finish quickly or promptly
- Informal to eat up quickly
Origin of dispatchSpanish despachar and Italian dispacciare, to send off, literally , to remove impediments, hence facilitate from Old French despeechier from des- (see dis-) + (em)peechier, to impede from Late Latin impedicare, to entangle from Classical Latin in-, in + pedica, a shackle from pes, foot
- a dispatching; sending out or off
- an act of killing
- efficient speed; promptness
- a message, esp. an official message
- a news story sent to a newspaper or broadcaster, as by a correspondent
transitive verbdis·patched, dis·patch·ing, dis·patch·es, also des·patched or des·patch·ing or des·patch·es
- To relegate to a specific destination or send on specific business. See Synonyms at send 1.
- a. To complete, transact, or dispose of promptly: dispatch an errand.b. To eat up (food); finish off (a dish or meal).
- To put to death summarily.
- The act of sending off, as to a specific destination.
- Dismissal or rejection of something regarded as unimportant or unworthy of consideration: “ [his] breezy dispatch of another Establishment fiction writer” ( Christopher Hitchens )
- The act of putting to death.
- Speed in performance or movement. See Synonyms at haste .
- a. A written message, particularly an official communication, sent with speed.b. An important message sent by a diplomat or an officer in the armed forces.c. A news item sent to a news organization, as by a correspondent.
Origin of dispatchSpanish despachar or Italian dispacciare both probably ultimately from Old Provençal empachar to impede from Vulgar Latin impāctāre frequentative of Latin impingere to dash against ; see impinge .
(third-person singular simple present dispatches, present participle dispatching, simple past and past participle dispatched)
- To send a shipment with promptness.
- To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness.
- To send a journalist to a place in order to report
- To hurry.
- To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
- To rid; to free.
- To destroy quickly and efficiently.
- (computing) To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (often with to).
- double dispatch
- multiple dispatch
- single dispatch
- 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.
- The act of doing something quickly.
- When you act with dispatch, you act speedily and efficiently.
- A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field.
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. The New English Dictionary finds the earliest instance of dispatch letter to Henry VIII. from Bishop Tunstall, commissioner to Spain in 1516–1517.