- 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.
- 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.
- 3dispatch somebody/something (formal) to deal or finish with somebody/something quickly and completely He dispatched the younger player in straight sets.
- 4dispatch somebody/something (old-fashioned) to kill a person or an animal Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Italian dispacciare or Spanish despachar
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//