Definition of dispatch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dispatch

     verb
    (British English also despatch)verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispatch
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃ//
     
    he / she / it dispatches
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃɪz//
     
    past simple dispatched
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃt//
     
    past participle dispatched
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃt//
     
    -ing form dispatching
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1dispatch somebody/something (to…) (formal) to send somebody/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. Weir dispatched 50 messages back to base.
  3. 3dispatch somebody/something (formal) to deal or finish with somebody/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
  5. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Italian dispacciare or Spanish despachar ‘expedite’, from dis-, des- (expressing reversal) + the base of Italian impacciare, Spanish empachar ‘hinder’.
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