Dispatch Definition

dĭ-spăch
despatched, despatches, despatching, dispatched, dispatches, dispatching
verb
dispatched, dispatches, dispatching
To send off or out promptly, usually on a specific errand or official business.
Webster's New World
To finish quickly or promptly.
Webster's New World
To put an end to; kill.
Webster's New World
To eat up quickly.
Webster's New World
The definition of dispatch is to send off quickly.
An example of dispatch is to send firefighters to an emergency scene.
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noun
dispatches
A dispatching; sending out or off.
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Dismissal or rejection of something regarded as unimportant or unworthy of consideration.
American Heritage
An act of killing.
Webster's New World
Efficient speed; promptness.
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A message, esp. an official message.
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other
Double dispatch.
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Multiple dispatch.
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Single dispatch.
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Other Word Forms of Dispatch

Noun

Singular:
dispatch
Plural:
dispatches

Origin of Dispatch

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare both probably ultimately from Old Provençal empachar to impede from Vulgar Latin impāctāre frequentative of Latin impingere to dash against impinge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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