I. verb Etymology: Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, from Occitan despachar to get rid of, from Middle French despechier to set free, from Old French, from des- dis- + -pechier (as in enpechier to ensnare) — more at impeach Date: 1517 transitive verb 1. to send off or away with promptness or speed; especially to send off on official business 2. a. to kill with quick efficiency b. obsolete deprive 3. to dispose of (as a task) rapidly or efficiently 4. defeat 3 intransitive verb archaic to make haste ; hurry Synonyms: see killdispatcher noun II. noun Date: 1537 1. a. a message sent with speed; especially an important official message sent by a diplomatic, military, or naval officer b. a news item filed by a correspondent 2. the act of dispatching: as a. obsolete dismissal b. the act of killing c. (1) prompt settlement (as of an item of business) (2) quick riddance d. a sending off ; shipment 3. promptness and efficiency in performance or transmission <
done with dispatch
Synonyms: see haste

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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