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Definition of dispatch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) the act of sending someone or 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
  4. Idioms
    with dispatch (formal)
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    quickly and efficiently He carries out his duties with efficiency and dispatch.
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