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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb dispatch:

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Definition of the noun dispatch

What does dispatch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dispatches

  1. an official report (usually sent in haste)
  2. the act of sending off something
  3. the property of being prompt and efficient
  4. killing a person or animal

Alternative definition of the noun dispatch


  1. A message sent quickly, as a shipment, a prompt settlement of a business, or an important official message sent by a diplomat, or military officer.
  2. The act of getting rid of something quickly
  3. A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field.
  4. [obsolete] A dismissal.

Definition of the verb dispatch

What does dispatch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dispatched | dispatching | dispatches

  1. send away towards a designated goal
    • example: They won't dispatch the story
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

      Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): convey, deliver, pass on, port, post, return, shift, shunt, transfer, transport.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of dispatch: despatch / send off
    • more generic words: send / ship / transport = transport commercially
    • more specific terms:
      • bundle off = send off unceremoniously
      • route = send documents or materials to appropriate destinations
  2. complete or carry out
  3. kill intentionally and with premeditation
  4. dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently
    • example: He dispatched the task he was assigned
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  5. kill without delay
    • example: the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: kill = cause to die

Alternative definition of the verb dispatch


  1. To send a shipment with promptness.
  2. To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness
  3. To hurry
  4. [obsolete] To deprive.
  5. To destroy quickly and efficiently
  6. [computing] To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (computing, often with 'to')

Definition of the verb dispatch for high school students

    to send off to accomplish a duty
    • example: The carpenter dispatched his assistant to fetch wood.

The verb dispatch is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis Heimbold, and Chad Urmston.


  1. "Dispatch" is a 2001 single album by M-flo.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Dispatch": Dispatch EP is an EP that was released by Dispatch on May 17, 2011. It is the band's first studio record in over ten years and will be followed by a full-length album in 2012. Upon its release, the EP shot to #2 on the iTunes album charts. The track Melon Bend has been released for free download via the band's website and was performed live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 27, 2011.
    • also known as Dispatch - EP
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on
  3. "Dispatch" is a musical album of The Lonely Hearts.
    • released in (10 years ago)


"Dispatch" is a book by Bentley Little.

  • also known as "Dispatch (Signet Novel)"


  1. Dispatch is a fictional character in the 2012 film, Whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir.
  2. Dispatch is a fictional character from the 1976 action crime drama film The Big Racket.


Dispatch a.k.a. Dispatch, Kansas: Dispatch is an unincorporated community in Smith County, Kansas, in the United States.


  1. Dispatch is a procedure for assigning employees or vehicles to customers. Industries that dispatch include taxicabs, couriers, emergency services, as well as home and commercial services such as maid services, plumbing, HVAC, pest control and electricians.
  2. Dispatch was a sternwheel steamboat that was operated on the Coquille River on the southern Oregon coast from 1903 to 1920. The name of this vessel is sometimes seen spelled Despatch.

Phrases with Dispatch

  1. dispatch box
  2. dispatch case
  3. dispatch rider
  4. Dispatch table

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dispatch

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Google previewRowell's American Newspaper Directory (1877)

Tho Daily Dispatch Is a 32 column folio— is published In three editions, contalnlngall of the news of the day up to the hours of...

Google previewEditor and Publisher (1920)

The weekly dispatch is a comprehensive picture of business conditions interesting not merely to the investor but to the wholesaler and retailer, in fact everybody...

Google previewA Theory of Objects (2012)

by Martin Abadi, Luca Cardelli

Dynamic dispatch is an important component of object abstraction: each object knows how to behave autonomously, so the context does not need to...

Google previewManaging Energy Risk , An Integrated View on Power and Other Energy Markets (2016)

Business, Finance by CTI Reviews

Economic dispatch is the short-term determination of the optimal output of a number of electricity generation facilities,

any operational limits of generation and transmission facilities' Economic dispatch is an optimization problem and may be ...

Google previewThe Press and the Suburbs

The Daily Newspapers of New Jersey by David Sachsman, Warren Sloat

the Dispatch is a clean house. and even the nickname apparently has faded. Allbritton editors hire fresh. young reporters with good college backgrounds and push them to churn out as much copy as possible. These young ...

Google previewPractical Foundations for Programming Languages (2016)

by Robert Harper

The Dispatch Matrix Dynamic dispatch is an abstraction given by the following components: • An abstract type tobj of objects, which are classified by the classes on which the methods act. • An operation new[c](e) of type tobj that ...

Google previewIntroduction to Information Systems (2010)

Enabling and Transforming Business by R. Kelly Rainer, Casey G. Cegielski

Job dispatch is a major intrabusiness application. Voice portals and mobile portals provide access to information. Location-based applications include retail shopping, advertising, and customer service. Other major m-commerce applications ...

Google previewSwarm, Evolutionary, and Memetic Computing (2012)

Third International Conference, SEMCCO 2012, Bhubaneswar, India, December 20-22, 2012, Proceedings by Bijaya Ketan Panigrahi, Swagatam Das, Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan, Pradipta Kumar Nanda

Optimal reactive power dispatch is an important task to achieve secure and economic operation of power systems. A well-organized allocation of reactive power in an electric network can minimize the system losses. This paper presents a ...

Google previewEssays (2016)

by Francis Bacon

On the other side, true dispatch is a rich thing. For time is the measure of business, as money is of wares; ...

Google previewBacon's Essays (2015)

Top Essays by Francis Bacon

On the other side, true dispatch is a rich thing. For time is the measure of business, as money is of wares; ...



Economic load dispatch is a generic term that describes a class of problems in which a specific objective function is optimized while satisfying constraints dictated by operational and physical particulars of the electric network.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the R.C.E. in WWII: Part One: The Field Units (2010)

by John Sliz

A company will maintain a dispatch rider at C.R.E.'s headquarters continuously. The order to move the company will be delivered by him to O.C. of company. Upon receiving the movement orders, the O.C. will issue a warning order and orders ...

Google previewSells' Dictionary of the World's Press (1886)

Morning Dispatch, d. Dispatch, tr. HARRISBURG. Independent, d. Patriot, d, tr. Telegraph, d, w*. HAZLETON. Sentinel, d, w. JOHNSTOWN. Tribune, d, tr . Democrat, tr. LANCASTER. Examiner, d, ir.

Google previewEverybody's Friend, Or Josh Billing's Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor (1874)

by Josh Billings

DISPATCH. DISPATCH iz the gift, or art ov doing a thing right quick.. To do a thing right, and to do it quick iz an attribute' ov genius. Hurry iz often mistaken for dispatch; but thare iz just az much difference az thare iz between a hornet and a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Transportation (2014)

Social Science and Policy by Mark Garrett

Sales forces sometimes use AVL systems to dispatch sales representatives to different customer appointments.

A computerassisted dispatch system mayautomate the dispatching processbylocatingthe nearest idle vehicle ormaymake ...

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)


| to dispatch || expédier | das Gepäck ~ | to dispatch the luggage || expédier les ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

Therefore, dispatch and communications centers are often one of the first points of contact that members of the public have when trying to engage with the police, whether they are reporting a ''hot'' emergency, requiring immediate response, ...

Google previewCurrent Encyclopedia (1902)

A dispatch from Port- au-Prince, dated March 19, says : "The agitation is spreading in the republic. The Minister of Public Works, M. C. M. Le Conte, has left Port-au-Prince for Jacmel with a detachment of troops." According to a later dispatch ...

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Small photo of A firefighter dispatcher sitting at their dispatch console in Zvulun Station, Akko, Israel, DEC 17th, 2016Small photo of logistics worker - man scans parcels of goods and prepares the dispatch in a company's department storeSmall photo of Dispatch tower at the airportSmall photo of Seoul, South Korea - 27 February 2018 : dispatch 119 ambulance from Cheonho-dong.Small photo of Altoetting,Germany-March 16,2018: Exterior of the Red Cross emergency dispatch building.Small photo of Full length side view surprised man going with parcel and documents in arm. Painted reflection situating near him. Dispatch concept More...

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Quotes about Dispatch

Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly. (Aldus Manutius)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1P3A1T1C3H4

The value of this 8-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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