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DESPATCH

 Dictionary entry overview: What does despatch mean? 

DESPATCH (noun)
  The noun DESPATCH has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: DESPATCH used as a noun is uncommon.


DESPATCH (verb)
  The verb DESPATCH has 1 sense:

1. send away towards a designated goal

  Familiarity information: DESPATCH used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESPATCH (noun)


Sense 1despatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An official report (usually sent in haste)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

communique; despatch; dispatch

Hypernyms ("despatch" is a kind of...):

account; news report; report; story; write up (a short account of the news)

Meronyms (parts of "despatch"):

dateline (a line at the beginning of a news article giving the date and place of origin of the news dispatch)


Sense 2despatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being prompt and efficient

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

expeditiousness; despatch; dispatch; expedition

Context example:

it was done with dispatch

Hypernyms ("despatch" is a kind of...):

celerity; quickness; rapidity; rapidness; speediness (a rate that is rapid)


Sense 3despatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Killing a person or animal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

despatch; dispatch

Hypernyms ("despatch" is a kind of...):

kill; killing; putting to death (the act of terminating a life)


Sense 4despatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of sending off something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dispatch; shipment; despatch

Hypernyms ("despatch" is a kind of...):

departure; going; going away; leaving (act of departing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "despatch"):

reshipment (the act of shipping again (especially by transferring to another ship))


DESPATCH (verb)


Sense 1despatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send away towards a designated goal

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

despatch; dispatch; send off

Hypernyms (to "despatch" is one way to...):

send; ship; transport (transport commercially)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "despatch"):

bundle off (send off unceremoniously)

route (send documents or materials to appropriate destinations)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


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