Meaning of “dispatch” in the English Dictionary

"dispatch" in English

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dispatchverb [ T ]

UK also despatch uk /dɪˈspætʃ/ us /dɪˈspætʃ/


UK also despatch uk /dɪˈspætʃ/ us /dɪˈspætʃ/

[ 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dispatch" in American English

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dispatchverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈspætʃ/

to send someone or something to a place for a particular purpose:

Within seconds the university police can identify the exact origin of the alarm and dispatch officers to investigate.

dispatchnoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈspætʃ/

a report sent to you from another place:

[ C ] a military dispatch

If something is done with dispatch, it is done quickly.

(Definition of “dispatch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dispatch" in Business English

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dispatchverb [ T ]

UK also despatch uk /dɪˈspætʃ/ us

to send someone to a place for a particular purpose:

The company could dispatch teams of engineers anywhere in the country if a water supply was contaminated.

COMMERCE to send goods, a message, etc. to a place:

We dispatch goods only when we believe a genuine order has been received.

dispatchnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈspætʃ/ us COMMERCE

the act of sending goods, a message, etc. to a place:

The term 'lead time' can be used to refer to the time elapsed between order and despatch.
Call centres handle orders and billing, and its warehouses arrange the dispatch of goods.
a dispatch company/service/system

(Definition of “dispatch” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Consequently, in some cases these industries need to complement their supplies with raw materials from outside and to export or dispatch their products to ensure their viability.
I too wish to add my thanks to everyone involved - political colleagues and the administration - for the extraordinary work, efficiency and dispatch with which this was carried out.
In order to prevent diversions of trade in the products concerned, these regulations prohibit, with a few exceptions, the re-dispatch and re-exportation of those products from the outermost regions.