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dispatching

verb

  1. (transport)  to send away towards a designated goal
    Synonyms: despatch, send off. Type of: transport
  2. (carry through)  to complete or carry out
    Synonyms: complete, despatch, discharge. Type of: carry through
  3. (murder)  to kill intentionally and with premeditation
    Synonyms: bump off, hit, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay, murther [obsolete]. Type of: kill
  4. (act)  to dispose of rapidly, without delay, and efficiently
    Synonyms: despatch. Type of: act
  5. (contact verb)  to kill without delay
    Synonyms: despatch. Type of: kill

Etymology summary

The etymology of the word is uncertain. It's connected to the French dépêcher...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

American Heritage Dictionary:

dispatch | dispatched [past tense] | despatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | despatching [present participle] | dispatches [3rd-person singular present] | despatches [3rd-person singular present] | despatch [sense-specific]

To relegate to a specific destination or send on specific business. See Synonyms at send1. | To complete, transact, or dispose of promptly. ... (22 of 176 words, 12 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dispatch [transitive, formal] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | dispatches [3rd-person singular present] | despatch

to send someone or something somewhere | to kill a person or animal | to get rid of someone or something in a fast and effective way (25 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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dispatch [countable, noun] | dispatches [plural] | mentioned in dispatches | with dispatch

a report that a military officer sends from a battlefield (=a place where a ... | [journalism] a report that a journalist sends to a newspaper office ... (26 of 100 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

dispatching | dispatchings [plural] | burial [synonym, sense-specific]

The sending of somebody or something to a destination for a purpose. | [informal] burial | Present participle of dispatch. (18 of 20 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

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dispatch | dispatches [plural] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | despatch [British, Australian, sense-specific] | destroy [synonym, sense-specific] | kill [synonym, sense-specific] | make haste [synonym, sense-specific] | send [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

To send a shipment with promptness. | To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness. | To send a journalist to a place in order to report | To hurry. | [obsolete] To deprive. | To destroy quickly and ... (41 of 154 words, 11 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Collins Dictionary:

dispatch | despatch | dispatcher [noun, derived]

to send off promptly, as to a destination or to perform a task | to discharge or complete (a task, duty, etc) promptly | [informal] to eat up quickly ... (27 of 650 words, 9 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

dispatch | despatch | kill [synonym, sense-specific] | dispatcher [derived]

send off to a destination or for a purpose | deal with (a task or opponent) quickly and efficiently | kill | the sending of someone or something to a ... (27 of 212 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Dispatch [disambiguation] | dispatches

Daily Dispatch, a South African newspaper | Dispatches (book), a 1977 book by Michael Herr about the Vietnam War | dispatches (magazine), a magazine edited by Gary Knight and Mort Rosenblum | In radio and television Dispatches (radio program), a... (37 of 195 words, 16 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

dispatch [entry 1, verb] | despatch [British] | defeat [sense-specific, synonym] | hurry [synonym, sense-specific] | deprive [synonym, sense-specific] | consign [synonym, sense-specific] | send [synonym, sense-specific] | pack [synonym, sense-specific] | ship [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to send off or away with promptness or speed ; especially, to send off on official business | to kill with quick efficiency ; [obsolete] "deprive" | ... (25 of 194 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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dispatch [entry 2, noun] | shipment [synonym, sense-specific] | dismissal [synonym, sense-specific] | letter [entry 1, synonym, sense-specific] | epistle [synonym, sense-specific] | memo [synonym, sense-specific] | memorandum [synonym, sense-specific] | missive [synonym, sense-specific] | note [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a message sent with speed ; especially, an important official message sent ... | the act of dispatching: as ; [obsolete] "dismissal" ; the act of ... (25 of 158 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

dispatch | mentioned in dispatches [sense-specific] | despatch [sense-specific]

to send off or away with speed, as a messenger, telegram, body of troops, etc. | to dismiss (a person), as after an audience. | to put to death; kill. ... (28 of 190 words, 14 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

dispatch | despatch

to send off or out promptly, usually on a specific errand or official business | to put an end to; kill | to finish quickly or promptly | [informal] ... (26 of 111 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

dispatch [entry 1] | despatch [British]

to send something, especially goods or a message, somewhere for a particular purpose (13 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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dispatch [entry 2, literary or old-fashioned] | despatch [British]

to kill someone (3 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dispatch 2

dispatch [entry 3] | be mentioned in dispatches | despatch [British]

when someone or something is sent somewhere | a newspaper report sent by someone in a foreign country, often communicating war news, or an official ... (24 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

dispatch | dispatches [plural] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | despatch

to send off something such as a letter or package to a destination | to instruct somebody to go somewhere in order to carry out a task | to complete ... (28 of 204 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

dispatch | dispatches [plural] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle]

Origin: The etymology of the word is uncertain. It's 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 ... (39 of 129 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

dispatch

First use: 1510s

Origin: "to send off in a hurry", from a word in Spanish (despachar "expedite, hasten") or Italian (dispacciare "to dispatch"). For first ... (22 of 109 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

dispatch

Origin: Spanish despachar and Italian dispacciare, to send off, literally, to remove impediments, hence facilitate from Old French ... (17 of 41 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

dispatch | dispatched [past tense] | despatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | despatching [present participle] | dispatches [3rd-person singular present] | despatches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, both probably ultimately from Old Provençal empachar, to impede, from Vulgar ... (16 of 27 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

dispatch | despatch

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Italian dispacciare, from Provençal despachar, from Old French despeechier to set free, from des-dis-1 + ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

dispatch | despatch

First use: early 16th century

Origin: Italian dispacciare or Spanish despachar "expedite", from dis-, des- (expressing reversal) + the base of Italian impacciare, Spanish empachar "hinder"

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Merriam-Webster:

dispatch [entry 1, verb]

First use: 1517

Origin: Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, from Occitan despachar to get rid of, from Middle French despechier to set free, ... (20 of 32 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

dispatch | dispatches [plural] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Italian dispacciare from negative form of assumed Vulgar Latin impactare "impede" from Latin impact-, past participle of impingere

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

dispatch | dispatches [plural] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle]

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Collins Dictionary:

dispatch | despatch

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dispatch [countable, noun] | dispatches [plural]

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dispatch [transitive, formal] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | dispatches [3rd-person singular present]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

dispatch [countable, noun] | dispatches [plural]

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dispatch [transitive, formal] | dispatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | dispatches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dispatch"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

dispatch [entry 3]

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the Free Dictionary:

dispatch

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Google Dictionary:

dispatch | dispatches [plural] | despatches [plural] | dispatched [past tense] | despatched [past tense] | dispatching [present participle] | despatching [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dispatch

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YourDictionary Audio:

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