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despatch

[dih-spach] /dɪˈspætʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun
1.
Related forms
outdespatch, verb (used with object)
undespatched, adjective
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for despatch

despatch

/dɪˈspætʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) a less common spelling of dispatch
Derived Forms
despatcher, noun

dispatch

/dɪˈspætʃ/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
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
Derived Forms
dispatcher, noun
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for despatch

18c. variant of dispatch (q.v.), apparently the result of an error in the printing of Johnson's dictionary.

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