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DISPATCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dispatch mean? 

DISPATCH (noun)
  The noun DISPATCH has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: DISPATCH used as a noun is uncommon.


DISPATCH (verb)
  The verb DISPATCH has 5 senses:

1. send away towards a designated goal
2. complete or carry out
3. kill intentionally and with premeditation
4. dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently
5. kill without delay

  Familiarity information: DISPATCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISPATCH (noun)


Sense 1dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An official report (usually sent in haste)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

communique; despatch; dispatch

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

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

Meronyms (parts of "dispatch"):

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


Sense 2dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of sending off something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dispatch; shipment; despatch

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

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

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

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


Sense 3dispatch [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 ("dispatch" is a kind of...):

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


Sense 4dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Killing a person or animal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

despatch; dispatch

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

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


DISPATCH (verb)


Sense 1dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send away towards a designated goal

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

send off; dispatch; despatch

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

send; ship; transport (transport commercially)

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

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

Sentence example:

They won't dispatch the story


Sense 2dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complete or carry out

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

discharge; dispatch; complete

Context example:

discharge one's duties

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

accomplish; action; carry out; carry through; execute; fulfil; fulfill (put in effect)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill intentionally and with premeditation

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

slay; off; murder; bump off; polish off; dispatch; remove; hit

Context example:

The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered

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

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

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

burke (murder without leaving a trace on the body)

execute (murder in a planned fashion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot dispatch Sue


Sense 4dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

He dispatched the task he was assigned

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

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5dispatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill without delay

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators

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

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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