mentioned in dis patches

dispatch

[dih-spach]
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
5.
Archaic. to hasten; be quick.
noun
6.
the sending off of a messenger, letter, etc., to a destination.
7.
the act of putting to death; killing; execution.
8.
prompt or speedy transaction, as of business.
9.
expeditious performance; promptness or speed: Proceed with all possible dispatch.
10.
Commerce.
a.
a method of effecting a speedy delivery of goods, money, etc.
b.
a conveyance or organization for the expeditious transmission of goods, money, etc.
11.
a written message sent with speed.
12.
an official communication sent by special messenger.
13.
Journalism. 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.
Idioms
14.
mentioned in dispatches, British. honored by being named in official military reports for special bravery or acts of service.
Also, despatch.


Origin:
1510–20; < Italian dispacciare to hasten, speed, or < Spanish despachar both ultimately < Old French despeechier to unshackle, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -peechier < Late Latin -pedicāre to shackle; see impeach

outdispatch, verb (used with object)
predispatch, noun, verb (used with object)
redispatch, verb (used with object)
self-dispatch, noun
undispatched, adjective
undispatching, adjective


9. rapidity, haste, alacrity, celerity.
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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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dispatch
1510s, "to send off in a hurry," from Sp. despachar "expedite, hasten," probably opposite of O.Prov. empachar "impede," either from Gallo-Romance *impactare, frequentative of L. pingere "dash against," or ult. from L. pedica "shackle" (see impeach). Meaning "to get rid of
by killing" is attested from 1520s. Noun sense of "a message sent speedily" is first attested 1580s. Related: Dispatched; dispatcher.
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