dispatch

Anything that needs to be mailed, sent off, or quickly shipped needs to be dispatched. Letters, official reports, teams of police — if it has somewhere to be, you can dispatch it to get there.

Sometimes spelled despatch, this word was first used in the early 1500s as a verb meaning “to send off in a hurry.” These days we get hurried dispatches in noun and verb form, from journalists sending in their war zone stories to emergency squads getting dispatched to the scene of an accident. And in its most sinister sense, dispatch means to kill off without delay.

Primary Meanings of dispatch

1.
nv
the act of sending off something
send away towards a designated goal
2.
n
an official report (usually sent in haste)
Full Definitions of dispatch
1

n the act of sending off something

Synonyms:
despatch, shipment
Types:
reshipment
the act of shipping again (especially by transferring to another ship)
Type of:
departure, going, going away, leaving
the act of departing

n the property of being prompt and efficient

“it was done with dispatch
Synonyms:
despatch, expedition, expeditiousness
Type of:
celerity, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness
a rate that is rapid

n killing a person or animal

Synonyms:
despatch
Type of:
kill, killing, putting to death
the act of terminating a life

v send away towards a designated goal

Synonyms:
despatch, send off
Types:
bundle off
send off unceremoniously
route
send documents or materials to appropriate destinations
Type of:
send, ship, transport
transport commercially

v complete or carry out

Synonyms:
complete, discharge
Type of:
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect

v dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently

“He dispatched the task he was assigned”
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v kill without delay

“the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators”
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

v kill intentionally and with premeditation

Synonyms:
bump off, hit, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay
Types:
burke
murder without leaving a trace on the body
execute
murder in a planned fashion
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
2

n an official report (usually sent in haste)

Synonyms:
communique, despatch
Type of:
account, news report, report, story, write up
a short account of the news

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