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DISPATCH, v.t. [L.]

1. To send or send away; particularly applied to the sending of messengers, agents and letters on special business, and often implying haste. The king dispatched and envoy to the court of Madrid. He dispatched a messenger to his envoy in France. He dispatched orders or letters to the commander of the forces in Spain. The president dispatched a special envoy to the court of St. James in 1794.

2. To send out of the world; to put to death.

The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. Ezekiel 23.

3. To perform; to execute speedily; to finish; as, the business was dispatched in due time.

DISPATCH, v.i. To conclude an affair with another; to transact and finish. [Not now used.]

They have dispatched with Pompey.

DISPATCH, n.

1. Speedy performance; execution or transaction of business with due diligence.

2. Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence; as, the business was done with dispatch; go, but make dispatch.

3. Conduct; management. [Not used.]

4. A letter sent or to be sent with expedition, by a messenger express; or a letter on some affair of state, or of public concern; or a packet of letters, sent by some public officer, on public business. It is often used in the plural. A vessel or a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister. A dispatch was immediately sent to the admiral. The secretary was preparing his dispatches.



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DISPATCH, v.t. [L.]

1. To send or send away; particularly applied to the sending of messengers, agents and letters on special business, and often implying haste. The king dispatched and envoy to the court of Madrid. He dispatched a messenger to his envoy in France. He dispatched orders or letters to the commander of the forces in Spain. The president dispatched a special envoy to the court of St. James in 1794.

2. To send out of the world; to put to death.

The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. Ezekiel 23.

3. To perform; to execute speedily; to finish; as, the business was dispatched in due time.

DISPATCH, v.i. To conclude an affair with another; to transact and finish. [Not now used.]

They have dispatched with Pompey.

DISPATCH, n.

1. Speedy performance; execution or transaction of business with due diligence.

2. Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence; as, the business was done with dispatch; go, but make dispatch.

3. Conduct; management. [Not used.]

4. A letter sent or to be sent with expedition, by a messenger express; or a letter on some affair of state, or of public concern; or a packet of letters, sent by some public officer, on public business. It is often used in the plural. A vessel or a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister. A dispatch was immediately sent to the admiral. The secretary was preparing his dispatches.

DIS-PATCH', n.

  1. Speedy performance; execution or transaction of business with due diligence. – Bacon.
  2. Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence; as, the business was done with dispatch; go, but make dispatch.
  3. Conduct; management. [Not used.] – Shak.
  4. A letter sent or to be sent with expedition, by a messenger express; or a letter on some affair of state, or of public concern; or a packet of letters, sent by some public officer, on public business. It is often used in the plural. A vessel or a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister. A dispatch was immediately sent to the admiral. The secretary was preparing his dispatches.

DIS-PATCH', v.i.

To conclude an affair with another; to transact and finish. [Not now used.] They have dispatched with Pompey. – Shak.


DIS-PATCH', v.t. [Fr. depêcher; Sp. despachar; Port id; It. dispacciare; Arm. dibech, disbachat; In It. spacciare signifies to sell, put off, speed, dispatch; spaccio, sale, vent, dispatch, expedition. This word belongs to Class Bg, and the primary sense is to send, throw, thrust, drive, and this is the sense of pack, L. pango, pactus. Hence our vulgar phrases, to pack off, and to budge. The same word occurs in impeach.]

  1. To send, or send away; particularly applied to the sending of messengers, agents and letters on special business, and often implying haste. The king dispatched an envoy to the court of Madrid. He dispatched a messenger to his envoy in France. He dispatched orders or letters to the commander of the forces in Spain. The president dispatched a special envoy to the court of St. James in 1794.
  2. To send out of the world; to put to death. The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. – Ezek. xxiii.
  3. To perform; to execute speedily; to finish; as, the business was dispatched in due time.

Dis*patch"
  1. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.

    Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
    The business we have talked of.
    Shak.

    [The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day dispatcheth all the harvest work. Robynson (More's Utopia).

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

    They have dispatched with Pompey. Shak.

  3. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business.
  4. To rid; to free.

    [Obs.]

    I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge. Udall.

  5. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance.

    To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved comforts. Milton.

  6. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.

    Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the country . . . they perish among the lumber of garrets. Walpole.

  7. 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.

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

    Even with the speediest expedition
    I will dispatch him to the emperor's cou(?)(?).
    Shak.

  9. 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.
  10. To send out of the world; to put to death.

    The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. Ezek. xxiii. 47.

    Syn. -- To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform; conclude; finish; slay; kill.

  11. A message transmitted by telegraph.

    [Modern]

    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.

    Syn. -- Haste; hurry; promptness; celerity; speed. See Haste.

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DISPATCH, verb transitive [Latin]

1. To send or send away; particularly applied to the sending of messengers, agents and letters on special business, and often implying haste. The king dispatched and envoy to the court of Madrid. He dispatched a messenger to his envoy in France. He dispatched orders or letters to the commander of the forces in Spain. The president dispatched a special envoy to the court of St. James in 1794.

2. To send out of the world; to put to death.

The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. Ezekiel 23:47.

3. To perform; to execute speedily; to finish; as, the business was dispatched in due time.

DISPATCH, verb intransitive To conclude an affair with another; to transact and finish. [Not now used.]

They have dispatched with Pompey.

DISPATCH, noun

1. Speedy performance; execution or transaction of business with due diligence.

2. Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence; as, the business was done with dispatch; go, but make dispatch

3. Conduct; management. [Not used.]

4. A letter sent or to be sent with expedition, by a messenger express; or a letter on some affair of state, or of public concern; or a packet of letters, sent by some public officer, on public business. It is often used in the plural. A vessel or a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister. A dispatch was immediately sent to the admiral. The secretary was preparing his dispatches.

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