Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dispatch”

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.
(Definition of dispatch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dispatch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dispatch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

initial

of or at the beginning

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More