dispatch (dispatches, present participle dispatching; past and past participle dispatched)
- (transitive) To send (a shipment) with promptness.
- (transitive) To send (a person) away hastily.
- (transitive) To send (an important official message) promptly, by means of a diplomat or military officer.
- (transitive) To send (a journalist) to a place in order to report.
- (transitive) To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
- Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, despatch we / The business we have talk'd of.
- (transitive) To rid; to free.
- (transitive) To destroy quickly and efficiently.
- (transitive, computing) To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (often with to).
- (intransitive, obsolete) To hurry.
- (transitive, obsolete) To deprive.
- dispatch table
- happy dispatch
- German: beeilen
- Portuguese: apressar-se
- Russian: спешить
- Spanish: despachar
- Russian: расправляться
- Spanish: despacharse
- A message sent quickly, as a shipment, a prompt settlement of a business, or an important official message sent by a diplomat, or military officer.
- The act of doing something quickly.
- Synonyms: haste, hurry, rapidity
- We must act with dispatch in this matter.
- 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond ↗
- During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
- A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field.
- (computing) The passing on of a message for further processing, especially via a dispatch table.
- (obsolete) A dismissal.