dispatch

(redirected from dispatches)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

dis·patch

also des·patch (dĭ-spăch′)
tr.v. dis·patched, dis·patch·ing, dis·patch·es also des·patched or des·patch·ing or des·patch·es
1. To relegate to a specific destination or send on specific business. See Synonyms at send1.
2.
a. To complete, transact, or dispose of promptly: dispatch an errand.
b. To eat up (food); finish off (a dish or meal).
3. To put to death summarily.
n.
1. The act of sending off, as to a specific destination.
2. Dismissal or rejection of something regarded as unimportant or unworthy of consideration: "[his] breezy dispatch of another Establishment fiction writer" (Christopher Hitchens).
3. The act of putting to death.
4. Speed in performance or movement. See Synonyms at haste.
5. (also dĭs′păch′)
a. A written message, particularly an official communication, sent with speed.
b. An important message sent by a diplomat or an officer in the armed forces.
c. A news item sent to a news organization, as by a correspondent.

[Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, both probably ultimately from Old Provençal empachar, to impede, from Vulgar Latin *impāctāre, frequentative of Latin impingere, to dash against; see impinge.]

dispatch

(dɪˈspætʃ) or

despatch

vb (tr)
1. to send off promptly, as to a destination or to perform a task
2. to discharge or complete (a task, duty, etc) promptly
3. informal to eat up quickly
4. to murder or execute
n
5. (Communications & Information) the act of sending off a letter, messenger, etc
6. prompt action or speed (often in the phrase with dispatch)
7. (Communications & Information) an official communication or report, sent in haste
8. (Journalism & Publishing) journalism a report sent to a newspaper, etc, by a correspondent
9. murder or execution
[C16: from Italian dispacciare, from Provençal despachar, from Old French despeechier to set free, from des- dis-1 + -peechier, ultimately from Latin pedica a fetter]
disˈpatcher n

dis•patch

(dɪˈspætʃ)

v.t.
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]

dispatch


Past participle: dispatched
Gerund: dispatching

Imperative
dispatch
dispatch
Present
I dispatch
you dispatch
he/she/it dispatches
we dispatch
you dispatch
they dispatch
Preterite
I dispatched
you dispatched
he/she/it dispatched
we dispatched
you dispatched
they dispatched
Present Continuous
I am dispatching
you are dispatching
he/she/it is dispatching
we are dispatching
you are dispatching
they are dispatching
Present Perfect
I have dispatched
you have dispatched
he/she/it has dispatched
we have dispatched
you have dispatched
they have dispatched
Past Continuous
I was dispatching
you were dispatching
he/she/it was dispatching
we were dispatching
you were dispatching
they were dispatching
Past Perfect
I had dispatched
you had dispatched
he/she/it had dispatched
we had dispatched
you had dispatched
they had dispatched
Future
I will dispatch
you will dispatch
he/she/it will dispatch
we will dispatch
you will dispatch
they will dispatch
Future Perfect
I will have dispatched
you will have dispatched
he/she/it will have dispatched
we will have dispatched
you will have dispatched
they will have dispatched
Future Continuous
I will be dispatching
you will be dispatching
he/she/it will be dispatching
we will be dispatching
you will be dispatching
they will be dispatching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dispatching
you have been dispatching
he/she/it has been dispatching
we have been dispatching
you have been dispatching
they have been dispatching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dispatching
you will have been dispatching
he/she/it will have been dispatching
we will have been dispatching
you will have been dispatching
they will have been dispatching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dispatching
you had been dispatching
he/she/it had been dispatching
we had been dispatching
you had been dispatching
they had been dispatching
Conditional
I would dispatch
you would dispatch
he/she/it would dispatch
we would dispatch
you would dispatch
they would dispatch
Past Conditional
I would have dispatched
you would have dispatched
he/she/it would have dispatched
we would have dispatched
you would have dispatched
they would have dispatched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dispatch - an official report (usually sent in haste)dispatch - 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
news report, write up, account, report, story - a short account of the news; "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
2.dispatch - the act of sending off something
departure, going, going away, leaving - the act of departing
reshipment - the act of shipping again (especially by transferring to another ship)
3.dispatch - the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch"
celerity, rapidity, rapidness, speediness, quickness - a rate that is rapid
4.dispatch - killing a person or animal
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
Verb1.dispatch - send away towards a designated goal
ship, transport, send - transport commercially
bundle off - send off unceremoniously
route - send documents or materials to appropriate destinations
2.dispatch - complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"
accomplish, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, action, execute - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
3.dispatch - kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
burke - murder without leaving a trace on the body
execute - murder in a planned fashion; "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"
4.dispatch - dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently; "He dispatched the task he was assigned"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
5.dispatch - kill without delay; "the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

dispatch

despatch
verb
1. send, transmit, forward, express, communicate, consign, remit He dispatched a telegram.
2. kill, murder, destroy, do in (slang), eliminate (slang), take out (slang), execute, butcher, slaughter, assassinate, slay, finish off, put an end to, do away with, blow away (slang, chiefly U.S.), liquidate, annihilate, exterminate, take (someone's) life, bump off (slang) They may catch him and dispatch him immediately.
noun
1. sending, transmission, forwarding, communication, consignment, remittance The parcel is ready for dispatch.
2. message, news, report, story, letter, account, piece, item, document, communication, instruction, bulletin, communiqué, missive This dispatch from our West Africa correspondent.

dispatch

verb
1. To cause (something) to be conveyed to a destination:
2. To eat completely or entirely:
Informal: polish off, put away.
3. To cause the death of:
Slang: waste, zap.
noun
Translations
إرْسالرِسالَه رسْمِيَّه مُسْتَعْجَلَهسُرْعَهيُرْسِل رِسالَهيُنْجِزُ بِسُرْعَه
depešeodbavitodesláníodeslatrychlost
afsendefå fra håndenhastmeldingrapport
gyorsan elintéz
afgreiîaflÿtirsenda útsendingtilkynning
greitai sutvarkytiišsiuntimasskuba
ātri paveiktātrumsnosūtīšananosūtītziņojums
depešaodoslanieodoslať

dispatch

[dɪsˈpætʃ]
A. N
1. (= sending) [of person] → envío m; [of goods] → envío m, expedición f
2. (= report) (in press) → reportaje m, informe m; (= message) → despacho m (Mil) → parte m, comunicado m
to be mentioned in dispatches (Mil) → recibir menciones de elogio (por su valor en combate)
3. (= promptness) (frm) → celeridad f, prontitud f
B. VT
1. (= send) [+ letter, goods] → enviar, expedir; [+ messenger, troops] → enviar
2. (= deal with) [+ business] → despachar
3. (= carry out) [+ duty] → ejercer, realizar
4. (hum) (= eat) [+ food] → despachar
5. (= kill) → despachar
C. CPD dispatch box N (Brit) → cartera f
dispatch case Nportafolios m inv
dispatch department Ndepartamento m de envíos
dispatch documents NPLdocumentos mpl de envío
dispatch note Nnota f de envío, nota f de expedición
dispatch rider N (= motorcyclist) → mensajero/a m/f (con moto); (= horseman) → correo m (Mil) → correo m

dispatch

[dɪˈspætʃ]
vt
(= send) [+ parcel, order] → expédier, envoyer; [+ troops] → envoyer; [+ messenger] → dépêcher
to dispatch sb/sth to [+ country] → envoyer qn/qch en; [+ town] → envoyer qn/qch à
(= deal with) [+ business] → régler
(= kill) [person] [+ animal] → abattre; [animal] [+ animal] → tuer; [animal] [+ person] → tuer
n
(= sending) [parcel, order] → envoi m, expédition f; [troops, messenger] → envoi m
(= report) → dépêche fdispatch box n
(British)tribune f (d'où parlent les membres du gouvernement)
(= case) → valise f officielledispatch department nservice m des expéditionsdispatch rider n
(= courier) (for deliveries)coursier m
(military)estafette f

dispatch

vt
(= send) letter, goods etcsenden, schicken; person, troops etc(ent)senden, schicken
(= deal with) job etc(prompt) erledigen
(= kill)töten
(inf) foodfertig werden mit (inf)
n
(of letter, goods etc)Senden nt, → Schicken nt; (of person, troops etc)Entsendung f; date of dispatchAbsendedatum nt
(= message, report)Depesche f; (Press) → Bericht m; to be mentioned in dispatches (Mil) → in den Kriegsberichten erwähnt werden
(= dealing with: of job etc) → prompte Erledigung
(= promptness)Promptheit f; with dispatchprompt

dispatch

:
dispatch box
n (Brit Parl) → Depeschenkassette f
dispatch documents
pl (Comm) → Versandpapiere pl
dispatch goods
plEilgut nt
dispatch note
n (in advance) → Versandanzeige f; (with goods) → Begleitschein m
dispatch rider
n (= motorcyclist)Melder(in) m(f), → Meldefahrer(in) m(f)

dispatch

despatch [dɪsˈpætʃ]
1. n
a. (sending, of goods) → spedizione f, invio; (of person) → invio
dispatch department → reparto spedizioni
b. (Mil, Press) (report) → dispaccio
mentioned in dispatches (Mil) → citato/a all'ordine del giorno
c. (promptness) → prontezza, rapidità
2. vt
a. (send, letter, goods) → spedire, inviare; (messenger, troops) → inviare
b. (deal with, business) → sbrigare
c. (old) (kill) → uccidere, ammazzare (hum) → mandare all'altro mondo

dispatch

(diˈspӕtʃ) verb
1. to send off. He dispatched several letters asking for financial help.
2. to finish off or deal with quickly. She dispatched several pieces of business within the hour.
noun
1. a written official report. a dispatch from the commanding officer.
2. an act of sending away.
3. haste.
dispatch rider
a carrier of military dispatches by motor-cycle.
References in classic literature ?
Brooke sent a bulletin every day, and as the head of the family, Meg insisted on reading the dispatches, which grew more cheerful as the week passed.
I have just received my dispatches, and taken my farewell of Allenham; and by way of exhilaration I am now come to take my farewell of you.
This too is afforded by the hospitable anchorite, who dispatches an assistant to fetch a pot of four gallons from a secret corner near his bed, and the whole three set in to serious drinking.
His father had been our ambassador at Madrid when Isabella was young and Prim unthought of, but had retired from the diplomatic service in a capricious moment of annoyance on not being offered the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his dispatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.
I was to take your dispatches, written or verbal, and return by post; and when he shall know what you have done, he will advise what you have to do.
From twelve to two o'clock Danglars had remained in his study, unsealing his dispatches, and becoming more and more sad every minute, heaping figure upon figure, and receiving, among other visits, one from Major Cavalcanti, who, as stiff and exact as ever, presented himself precisely at the hour named the night before, to terminate his business with the banker.
thought the lieutenant, "'tis to General Cromwell that our dispatches are addressed.
exclaimed Captain Langford, an English officer, who had recently brought dispatches to Governor Shute.
I may mention here that radio-aerograms are seldom if ever used in war time, or for the transmission of secret dispatches at any time, for as often as one nation discovers a new cipher, or invents a new instrument for wireless purposes its neighbours bend every effort until they are able to intercept and translate the messages.