from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A sending away or getting rid of something; a putting out of the way, or a doing away with; riddance; dismissal.
  • noun Prompt or expeditious performance; complete or regular execution or transaction; the act of bringing to a conclusion.
  • noun Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence: as, repairing done with neatness and despatch; go, but make despatch.
  • noun Conduct; management.
  • noun A written message sent or to be sent with expedition: as, a telegraphic despatch.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A conveyance or an organization for the expeditious transmission of merchandise, money, etc.: as, the Merchants' Despatch; it was sent by despatch.
  • noun A decisive answer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Same as dispatch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective holding despatches
  • noun Alternative form of dispatch. (see also Wikipedia's Mentioned in Despatches)
  • verb Alternative form of dispatch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the property of being prompt and efficient
  • noun an official report (usually sent in haste)
  • noun the act of sending off something
  • noun killing a person or animal
  • verb send away towards a designated goal


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