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
Examples from the Web for despatch
Frontenac defines his position and raises a note of alarm in his very first despatch to the minister for the colonies.Count Frontenac|William Dawson LeSueur
The despatch of the Salonika force and their outfit are absorbing all my energies.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2|Ian Hamilton
The despatch has not yet arrived, but I fear that the ambassador has died, for he was very ill at Nangasaque.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|E. H. Blair
Lebrun's missives of 20th December bore fruit seven days later in Chauvelin's despatch to Grenville.William Pitt and the Great War|John Holland Rose
This morning I received your letter and despatch of the 3rd and 4th instant, and soon after, the enclosed note from Townshend.Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third|The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
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.