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 for despatch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Despatch \De*spatch"\, n. & v.
     Same as Dispatch.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dispatch \Dis*patch"\ (?; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Dispatched; p. pr. & vb. n. Dispatching.] [OF.
     despeechier, F. d['e]p[^e]cher; prob. from pref. des- (L.
     dis-) + (assumed) LL. pedicare to place obstacles in the way,
     fr. L. pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and
     cf. Impeach, Despatch.] [Written also despatch.]
     1. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly;
        to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
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              Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
              The business we have talked of.       --Shak.
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              [The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day
              dispatcheth all the harvest work.     --Robynson
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     2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]
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              I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.
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     3. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.
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              Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the
              country . . . they perish among the lumber of
              garrets.                              --Walpole.
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     4. To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending
        off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special
        business, and implying haste.
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              Even with the speediest expedition
              I will dispatch him to the emperor's cou??. --Shak.
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     5. To send out of the world; to put to death.
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              The company shall stone them with stones, and
              dispatch them with their swords.      --Ezek. xxiii.
     Syn: To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform;
          conclude; finish; slay; kill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dispatch \Dis*patch"\, n. [Cf. OF. despeche, F. d['e]p[^e]che.
     See Dispatch, v. t.] [Written also despatch.]
     1. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on
        important business.
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     2. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance.
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              To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved
              comforts.                             --Milton.
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     3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of
        business; prompt execution; diligence; haste.
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              Serious business, craving quick dispatch. --Shak.
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              To carry his scythe . . . with a sufficient dispatch
              through a sufficient space.           --Paley.
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     4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an
        important official letter sent from one public officer to
        another; -- often used in the plural; as, a messenger has
        arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval
        or military dispatches.
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     5. A message transmitted by telegraph. [Modern]
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     Dispatch boat, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an
        advice boat.
     Dispatch box, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for
        papers and other conveniences when traveling.
     Syn: Haste; hurry; promptness; celerity; speed. See Haste.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an official report (usually sent in haste) [syn:
           dispatch, despatch, communique]
      2: the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with
         dispatch" [syn: dispatch, despatch, expedition,
      3: killing a person or animal [syn: dispatch, despatch]
      4: the act of sending off something [syn: dispatch,
         despatch, shipment]
      v 1: send away towards a designated goal [syn: dispatch,
           despatch, send off]

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