despatch

[dih-spach]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun

outdespatch, verb (used with object)
undespatched, adjective
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despatch (dɪˈspætʃ)
 
vb
(tr) a less common spelling of dispatch
 
des'patcher
 
n

dispatch or despatch (dɪˈspætʃ)
 
vb
1.  to send off promptly, as to a destination or to perform a task
2.  to discharge or complete (a task, duty, etc) promptly
3.  informal to eat up quickly
4.  to murder or execute
 
n
5.  the act of sending off a letter, messenger, etc
6.  prompt action or speed (often in the phrase with dispatch)
7.  an official communication or report, sent in haste
8.  journalism a report sent to a newspaper, etc, by a correspondent
9.  murder or execution
 
[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]
 
despatch or despatch
 
vb
 
n
 
[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]
 
dis'patcher or despatch
 
n

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Example sentences
On the contrary, only solid virtue is able to do business, and to despatch it well.
It is a tiresome way of speaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush.
The first stroke will despatch me, and put an end both to my life and pain.
Despatch rates must be one-half of demurrage rates quoted.
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