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dispatch

verb [T] uk ( UK also despatch)   /dɪˈspætʃ/ us  

dispatch verb [T] (SEND)

to send something, especially goods or a message, somewhere for a particular purpose: Two loads of cloth were dispatched to the factory on 12 December.

dispatch verb [T] (KILL)

literary or old-fashioned to kill someone: Our handsome hero manages to dispatch another five villains.

dispatch

noun uk ( UK also despatch)   /dɪˈspætʃ/ us  
[U] the act of sending someone or something somewhere: the dispatch of troops [C] a newspaper report sent by someone in a foreign country, often communicating war news, or an official report, often on a military matter: In her latest dispatch, Clare Duggan, our war correspondent, reported an increase in fighting.be mentioned in dispatches UK to be given a lot of praise for actions you have performed as a soldier: Sergeant Havers was mentioned in dispatches for his courage.
Translations of “dispatch”
in Spanish enviar, remitir, despachar…
in French expédier…
in German absenden, erledigen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 發送, 發送,派送…
in Russian отправлять, посылать…
in Turkish göndermek, sevketmek, yollamak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 发送, 发送,派送…
in Polish wysyłać…
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