De·spatch n. & v. Same as Dispatch.
Dis·patch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dispatched p. pr. & vb. n. Dispatching.] [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 (More's Utopia).
2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]
I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge. --Udall.
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. 47.
Syn: -- To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform; conclude; finish; slay; kill.
Dis·patch, n. [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.
n 1: an official report (usually sent in haste) [syn: dispatch,
2: the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done
with dispatch" [syn: dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness]
3: killing a person or animal [syn: dispatch]
4: the act of sending off something [syn: dispatch, shipment]
v : send away towards a designated goal [syn: dispatch, send