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 dispatch
Contemporary Examples of dispatch
Det. Johnson left in an elevator and I found myself alone in the building, save two women in the dispatch center.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
“We greatly enjoyed reading your ‘Second Impressions’ dispatch,” replied a senior diplomat.British Officials Portrayed Reagan as a “Bozo”
Nico Hines, Ben Jacobs
April 30, 2014
France has offered to dispatch four jet fighters to Ukraine and help it with cyber security.Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue.
Christopher Dickey, Jamie Dettmer, Nadette De Visser
March 25, 2014
In the event that the redoubled UN forces are not enough, the African Union should dispatch troops to supplement the effort.Preventing South Sudan’s Civil War
John Prendergast, Akshaya Kumar
December 24, 2013
Rather than dispatch a team of slick lawyers with leather briefcases, they seemingly adopted a cartoon character, Uncle Rhabdo.Cool It on the CrossFit: What’s Rhabdomyolysis?
October 11, 2013
Historical Examples of dispatch
This dispatch was sent in triplicate, by different messengers.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete
Ulysses S. Grant
I was just sending a courier to his command with a dispatch.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
Myself and Will Rackaway, who came to help me and old Cassy, remained in charge of the house to dispatch the furniture.The Haunted Homestead
E. D. E. N. Southworth
This reply he showed to Seward, then handed it 330to Stanton and ordered him to sign and dispatch it at once.Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II
John T. Morse
Experience has taught me that there is nothing like dispatch in these matters.The Kidnapped President
Word Origin for dispatch
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.