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
Related Words for dispatchedship, dismiss, destroy, eliminate, issue, route, express, remit, consign, transmit, accelerate, address, forward, railroad, hasten, speed, quicken, devour, conclude, perform
Examples from the Web for dispatched
Contemporary Examples of dispatched
In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson was dispatched to report on a motorcycle race in Las Vegas.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
He also claimed that the CIA had dispatched a clone of himself to Foxcatcher Farm to kill Schultz.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Kremlin officials deny they dispatched any column across the border on Thursday, slamming the allegation as fantasy.Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia
August 16, 2014
It was very hard to see all my friends be dispatched to cover this breaking news story.Soledad O'Brien's Next Chapter: 'The War Comes Home,' Her CNN Departure, and the State of News
August 13, 2014
Iran is already said to have dispatched small military units to Baghdad.A Winning Strategy for Iraq and Syria
Leslie H. Gelb
June 21, 2014
Historical Examples of dispatched
The moment she had dispatched her letter, she set out to visit her poor friends.Weighed and Wanting
Cheppi, however, was dispatched to the barn, and the two others ran after him.Rico and Wiseli
A British force was dispatched from Kurna to attack these positions.
At last, on the night of Easter Monday, March 31st, they caught him and dispatched him.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
A messenger has been dispatched to find him and urge him to return home at once.St. Martin's Summer
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.