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Definition of dispatch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispatch
    he / she / it dispatches
    past simple dispatched
    -ing form dispatching
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  1. 1dispatch somebody/something (to…) (formal) to send someone or something somewhere, especially for a special purpose Troops have been dispatched to the area. A courier was dispatched to collect the documents.
  2. 2dispatch something (to somebody/something) (formal) to send a letter, package, or message somewhere Goods are dispatched within 24 hours of your order reaching us.
  3. 3dispatch somebody/something (formal) to deal or finish with someone or something quickly and completely He dispatched the younger player in straight sets.
  4. 4dispatch somebody/something (old-fashioned) to kill a person or an animal
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dispatch