despatch

[ dih-spach ]
/ dɪˈspætʃ /

verb (used with or without object), noun

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OTHER WORDS FROM despatch

out·des·patch, verb (used with object)un·des·patched, adjective

Definition for despatch (2 of 2)

dispatch

or des·patch

[ dih-spach ]
/ dɪˈspætʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to hasten; be quick.

noun

Origin of dispatch

1510–20; < Italian dispacciare to hasten, speed, or < Spanish despachar both ultimately < Old French despeechier to unshackle, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -peechier < Late Latin -pedicāre to shackle; see impeach

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British Dictionary definitions for despatch (1 of 2)

despatch
/ (dɪˈspætʃ) /

verb

(tr) a less common spelling of dispatch

Derived forms of despatch

despatcher, noun

British Dictionary definitions for despatch (2 of 2)

dispatch

despatch

/ (dɪˈspætʃ) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived forms of dispatch

dispatcher, noun

Word Origin for dispatch

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
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