from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Variant of dispatch.
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- adj. holding despatches
- n. Alternative form of dispatch. (see also Wikipedia's Mentioned in Despatches)
- v. Alternative form of dispatch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Same as dispatch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deliver; rid; free; disentangle; discharge: usually reflexive.
- To send to a destination; cause to start for or go to an appointed place; put under way: usually implying urgent importance or haste as to purpose, or promptness and regularity as to time: as, to despatch a messenger or a letter asking for assistance; to despatch an envoy to a foreign court; to despatch a ship.
- To transact or dispose of speedily or with promptness; attend to; bring to an end; accomplish: as, to despatch business.
- To finish or make an end of by promptly putting to death; kill.
- Synonyms To hasten off.
- To make short work of, dispose of (quickly).
- Slay, Murder, etc. See kill.
- To go expeditiously; be quick.
- To conclude or dispose of an affair or matter; make a finish.
- n. A sending off or away; a prompt or regular starting or transmission, as of some one on an errand or a commission, or of a ship, freight, etc., on its prescribed course or toward its destination: as, the despatch of the mails; the despatch of troops to the front.
- n. A sending away or getting rid of something; a putting out of the way, or a doing away with; riddance; dismissal.
- n. Prompt or expeditious performance; complete or regular execution or transaction; the act of bringing to a conclusion.
- n. Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence: as, repairing done with neatness and despatch; go, but make despatch.
- n. Conduct; management.
- n. A written message sent or to be sent with expedition: as, a telegraphic despatch.
- n. An official letter relating to public affairs, as from a minister to an ambassador or a commander, or from the latter to the former, usually conveyed by a special messenger or bearer of despatches.
- n. A conveyance or an organization for the expeditious transmission of merchandise, money, etc.: as, the Merchants' Despatch; it was sent by despatch.
- n. A decisive answer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property of being prompt and efficient
- n. an official report (usually sent in haste)
- n. the act of sending off something
- n. killing a person or animal
- v. send away towards a designated goal
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