verb (used with or without object), noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a method of effecting a speedy delivery of goods, money, etc.
- a conveyance or organization for the expeditious transmission of goods, money, etc.
Origin of dispatch
Synonyms for dispatch
Examples from the Web for despatch
Historical Examples of despatch
Shall be happy to facilitate any despatch you may wish forwarded to your Government.Explorations in Australia
He then summoned Madame Dufour, and sent her with his despatch.Night and Morning, Complete
The latter took the despatch, and opened it, directing Jenkins to sign the paper.
This was the despatch which you saw Mr. Galloway receive in his office.
Now, it is impossible that any despatch could tell him that.
Word Origin for dispatch
18c. variant of dispatch (q.v.), apparently the result of an error in the printing of Johnson's dictionary.
1510s, "to send off in a hurry," from a word in Spanish (despachar "expedite, hasten") or Italian (dispacciare "to dispatch"). For first element, see dis-. The exact source of the second element has been proposed as Vulgar Latin *pactare "to fasten, fix" or *pactiare, or as Latin -pedicare "to entrap" (from Latin pedica "shackle;" see impeach); and the Spanish and Italian words seem to be related to (perhaps opposites of) Old Provençal empachar "impede." See OED for full discussion. Meaning "to get rid of by killing" is attested from 1520s. Related: Dispatched; dispatching. As a noun, from 1540s, originally "dismissal;" sense of "a message sent speedily" is first attested 1580s.