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



    (British English also despatch) noun
    BrE BrE//dɪˈspætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspætʃ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) the act of sending somebody/something somewhere More food supplies are ready for immediate dispatch.
  2. 2[countable] a message or report sent quickly from one military officer to another or between government officials The latest dispatch was held up for three hours at the border. He was mentioned in dispatches(= for brave acts in war).
  3. 3[countable] a report sent to a newspaper by a journalist who is working in a foreign country dispatches from the war zone See related entries: Journalism
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Italian dispacciare or Spanish despachar ‘expedite’, from dis-, des- (expressing reversal) + the base of Italian impacciare, Spanish empachar ‘hinder’.Idioms (formal) quickly and efficiently He carries out his duties with efficiency and dispatch.
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