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"dispatch" in British English

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dispatchverb [T]

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

literary or old-fashioned to ​kill someone: Our ​handsomeheromanages to dispatch another five ​villains.

dispatchnoun

(UK also despatch) uk   us   /dɪˈspætʃ/
[U] the ​act of ​sending someone or something ​somewhere: the dispatch oftroops [C] a ​newspaperreportsent by someone in a ​foreigncountry, often ​communicatingwarnews, or an ​officialreport, often on a ​militarymatter: In her ​latest dispatch, Clare Duggan, ​ourwarcorrespondent, ​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 ​particularpurpose: Within ​seconds the ​universitypolice can ​identify the ​exactorigin of the ​alarm and dispatch ​officers to ​investigate.

dispatchnoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈspætʃ/
a ​reportsent to you from another ​place: [U] In her ​latest dispatch, ​ourcorrespondentreports on new ​negotiations. [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   us   /dɪˈspætʃ/
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 ​sendgoods, a ​message, etc. to a ​place: We dispatch ​goods only when we believe a genuine ​order has been received.

dispatchnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˈspætʃ/ COMMERCE
the ​act of ​sendinggoods, a ​message, etc. to a ​place: The ​term '​leadtime' can be used to refer to the ​time elapsed between ​order and despatch. Call ​centreshandleorders and ​billing, and its ​warehousesarrange the dispatch ofgoods. a dispatch ​company/​service/​system
(Definition of dispatch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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