- To send a shipment with promptness.
- To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness
- To hurry
- (obsolete) To deprive.
- To destroy quickly and efficiently
- (computing) To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (computing, often with to)
NounDispatch (plural Dispatches)
- 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 getting rid of something quickly
- A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field.
- (obsolete) A dismissal.
Adjectives for Dispatch
calamitous; hostile; amazing; quick; marvelous; summary; rapid; convenient; diplomatic; hourly; insolent; elaborate; amended; swift; equal; vivid; detailed; telegraphic; simultaneous; importunate; important; explanatory; outspoken; uncensored; satisfactory; frequent (pi).
Verbs for Dispatch
announce—; arrive with—; attend to—; cable—; carry—; convey—; deliver—; depart with—; hasten—; leave on—; obey—; order—; receive—; relay—; report—; rush—; seal—; send—; smuggle in—; speed—; transfer.
Adverbs for Dispatch
mercifully; secretly; summarily; rapidly; diplomatically; insolently; telegraphically; swiftly; simultaneously; satisfactorily; frequently; conveniently; hastily.
Synonyms for Dispatch
Antonyms for Dispatch
accelerate, accomplish, accomplished fact, accomplishment, account, achieve, achievement, acknowledgment, acquaintance, address, administration, advice, agility, air speed, air-express, airfreight, airmail, alacrity, annihilate, announcement, answer, assassinate, assassination, attain, attainment, bane, bereave of life, billet, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, blue book, braining, briefing, briskness, bulletin, bump off, bundle, bury, business letter, bustle, carry away, carry off, carrying out, celerity, chit, chloroform, commission, communication, communique, compass, complete, completion, conclude, conduct, consign, consume, consummate, consummation, convey, cope with, crowd, cut down, cut off, data, datum, deal with, dealing death, decisiveness, deprive of life, destroy, destruction, destruction of life, devour, directory, discharge, disposal, dispose of, do, do away with, do for, do in, do the job, do the trick, do to death, document, down, drive on, drop a letter, eat up, effect, effectuate, effectuation, eliminate, embark, embassy, enact, enactment, end, enlightenment, epistle, erase, euthanasia, evidence, execute, execution, expedite, expedition, expeditiousness, export, express, exterminate, extermination, facts, factual information, fait accompli, familiarization, fastness, favor, fetch, finish, finish off, flight, flit, flow of blood, flurry, forward, freight, fruition, fulfill, fulfillment, gen, general information, get, get away with, get done, get down, get through, goodwill, gore, ground speed, guidebook, gun down, handle, handling, handout, hard information, haste, hasten, hasten on, hie on, hit, hurry, hurry along, hurry on, hurry up, hustle, hustle up, ice, immediacy, immediateness, immolate, immolation, implementation, incidental information, info, information, ingest, instantaneousness, instruction, intelligence, kill, killing, knock off, knots, knowledge, lapidation, launch into eternity, lay, letter, light, lightning speed, line, liquidate, lynch, mail, make, make away with, manage, management, martyr, martyrdom, martyrization, martyrize, mention, mercy killing, message, miles per hour, mission accomplished, missive, murder, news item, nimbleness, note, notice, notification, perform, performance, perpetration, piece, pneumatogram, poison, poisoning, polish off, post, precipitate, precipitation, presentation, press, produce, production, promotional material, promptitude, promptness, proof, publication, publicity, punctuality, punctualness, purge, push, push on, push through, put away, put down, put to death, put to sleep, quicken, quickness, railroad through, rapidity, readiness, realization, realize, release, remit, remove from life, reply, report, rescript, ritual killing, ritual murder, round pace, route, rpm, rub out, rush, rush along, rustle, sacrifice, send, send away, send forth, send off, sharpness, ship, shooting, sidelight, silence, slaughter, slay, slaying, smartness, snappiness, speed, speed along, speed up, speediness, spryness, spur, stampede, starve, statement, stoning, story, succeed, success, summariness, surround, swallow, swift rate, swiftness, take care of, take down, take in, take life, take off, taking of life, telegram, the dope, the goods, the know, the scoop, transact, transaction, transmission, transmit, tuck in, turn the trick, urge, velocity, waste, whip, whip along, white book, white paper, word, work, work out, zap
- despatch U.K.
The etymology of the word is uncertain. It is connected to the French dépêcher and dépêche which are in meaning equivalents to this word. The French words are made up of the prefix dés- (Lat. dis-) and the root of empêcher (Lat. impedicare, composed from prefix in- and pedica) translated as 'to refrain', 'to stop'. The French word came into English as "depeach", which was in use from the 15th century until "despatch" was introduced. This word is direct from the Italian dispacciare, or Spanish despachar, which must be derived from the Lat. root appearing in pactus (the perfect passive infinitive of the verb pangere) meaning fixed, fastened. The New English Dictionary finds the earliest instance of dispatch letter to Henry VIII. from Bishop Tunstall, commissioner to Spain in 1516–r 517.
- (Australia) IPA: /dəˈspætʃ/
- (RP) IPA: /dɪˈspætʃ/
- (US) IPA: /dɪˈspætʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ætʃ
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