From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdispatchdi‧spatch1, despatch /dɪˈspætʃ/ ●○○ verb [transitive] 1 formalSEND to send someone or something somewhere for a particular purposedispatch somebody/something to somebody/something A reporter was dispatched to Naples to cover the riot. Goods are normally dispatched within 24 hours.2 FINISH/USE ALL OF somethingto deal with someone or to finish a job quickly and effectively She dispatched (=beat) her opponent 6–2,6–1.3 KILL old-fashioned to deliberately kill a person or animal→ See Verb table
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dispatchThe agency dispatched an 11-member team to Texas to investigate the crash.First a new breed of fleet must be dispatched and anchored at 600-mile intervals in the oceans.Sampras quickly dispatched his opponent in straight sets.Mike Pappas dispatches taxis from his office on 39th Street.A superb Glyn Hodges goal was enough to dispatch the competition favourites.The Supreme Loremaster often dispatches them to deal with threats to the interests of the Tower and the Kingdom.It can then be sorted into onscreen folders, sent via e-mail or dispatched to a fax modem or printer.So Henry had been dispatched to the Market to see if there were any great bargains.Drafting cables to be dispatched to Washington is one of the principal occupations of the foreign service officer in the field.
Related topics: Military, Government
dispatchdispatch2, despatch noun 1 [countable]PMPG a message sent between military or government officials a dispatch from headquarters2 [countable]TCN a report sent to a newspaper from one of its writers who is in another town or country3 [singular]SEND the act of sending people or things to a particular place the dispatch of warships to the region4 with dispatch mentioned in dispatches at mention1(4)
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dispatchOur unit received a dispatch from headquarters ordering us to tighten security.With commendable dispatch, it was completed and presented to the legislature in March 1880.The friendly dispatch clerk had written a personal note with the invoice attached.Demand immediate repeat immediate repeat immediate dispatch of krytron or immediate repeat immediate repeat immediate explanation of why not available.It must be possible to override normal dispatch disciplines for urgent requirements.In one dispatch from Washington, negotiators were said to be close to an agreement.It is my first appearance at the dispatch box in my new role, and it could not be a better issue.Hence the glass of whisky at the dispatch box rather than mineral water: A premature celebration?There is no reason that corrective legislation can not be passed and signed into law with dispatch.
From King Business Dictionarydispatchdi‧spatch /dɪˈspætʃ/ (also despatch British English) verb [transitive]TRANSPORT to send something or someone to a placeManufacturers dispatch vials of vaccine in large, insulated cartons.A rescue team was dispatched to the mountain.dispatch noun [uncountable]Six weeks should be allowed for the dispatch of tickets.→ See Verb tableOrigin dispatch1 (1500-1600) Italian dispacciare, from Old French despeechier to set free