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v. & n.
Variant of dispatch.
(tr) a less common spelling of dispatch
1. to send off or away with speed, as a messenger, telegram, or body of troops.
2. to put to death; kill.
3. to transact or dispose of (a matter) promptly or speedily.v.i.
4. Archaic. to hasten; be quick.n.
5. the sending off of a messenger, letter, etc.
6. the act of putting to death; execution.
7. prompt or speedy action.
8. a message or official communication sent with speed, esp. by special messenger.
9. a news story transmitted to a newspaper by a reporter, wire service, etc.
[1510–20; < Italian dispacciare to hasten, or < Sp despachar both ultimately < Old French despeechier to unshackle]
Past participle: despatched
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|Noun||1.||despatch - an official report (usually sent in haste)|
dateline - a line at the beginning of a news article giving the date and place of origin of the news dispatch
|2.||despatch - the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch"|
|3.||despatch - killing a person or animal|
|4.||despatch - the act of sending off something|
reshipment - the act of shipping again (especially by transferring to another ship)
|Verb||1.||despatch - send away towards a designated goal|
bundle off - send off unceremoniously
route - send documents or materials to appropriate destinations