Definitions for: Dispatch

[n] the act of sending off something
[n] the murder or execution of someone
[n] the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch"
[n] an official report (usually sent in haste)
[v] send off promptly
[v] kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
[v] complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*patch" (?; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Dispatched; p. pr. & vb. n. Dispatching.] [OF.
despeechier, F. d['e]p[^e]cher; prob. from pref. des- (L.
dis-) + (assumed) LL. pedicare to place obstacles in the way,
fr. L. pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and
cf. Impeach, Despatch.] [Written also despatch.]
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

2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]

I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

Dis*patch", v. i.
To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of

They have dispatched with Pompey. --Shak.

Dis*patch", n. [Cf. OF. despeche, F. d['e]p[^e]che.
See Dispatch, v. t.] [Written also despatch.]
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. [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.

Synonyms: bump off, communique, complete, despatch, despatch, despatch, despatch, discharge, expedition, expeditiousness, hit, murder, polish off, remove, send off, shipment, slay

See Also: account, bundle off, burke, carry, celerity, dateline, departure, execute, going, going away, kill, kill, killing, leaving, news report, putting to death, quickness, rapidity, report, reshipment, route, send, ship, story, transport, write up

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