Meaning of dispatch

dis•patch

Pronunciation: (di-spach'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to send off or away with speed, as a messenger, telegram, body of troops, etc.
  2. to dismiss (a person), as after an audience.
  3. to put to death; kill: The spy was promptly dispatched.
  4. to transact or dispose of (a matter) promptly or speedily.
—v.i.
  1. to hasten; be quick.
—n.
  1. the sending off of a messenger, letter, etc., to a destination.
  2. the act of putting to death; killing; execution.
  3. prompt or speedy transaction, as of business.
  4. expeditious performance; promptness or speed: Proceed with all possible dispatch.
    1. a method of effecting a speedy delivery of goods, money, etc.
    2. a conveyance or organization for the expeditious transmission of goods, money, etc.
  5. a written message sent with speed.
  6. an official communication sent by special messenger.
  7. a news story transmitted to a newspaper, wire service, or the like, by one of its reporters, or by a wire service to a newspaper or other news agency.
  8. honored by being named in official military reports for special bravery or acts of service.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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