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English noun: dispatch

1. dispatch (communication) an official report (usually sent in haste)

Synonymscommunique, despatch

Broader (hypernym)account, news report, report, story, write up

Part holonymdateline

2. dispatch (act) the act of sending off something

Synonymsdespatch, shipment

Broader (hypernym)departure, going, going away, leaving

Narrower (hyponym)reshipment

3. dispatch (attribute) the property of being prompt and efficient

SamplesIt was done with dispatch.

Synonymsdespatch, expedition, expeditiousness

Broader (hypernym)celerity, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness

4. dispatch (act) killing a person or animal


Broader (hypernym)kill, killing, putting to death

English verb: dispatch

1. dispatch (motion) send away towards a designated goal

ExamplesThey won't dispatch the story

Synonymsdespatch, send off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)send, ship, transport

Narrower (hyponym)bundle off, route

2. dispatch (social) complete or carry out

SamplesDischarge one's duties.

Synonymscomplete, discharge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill

3. dispatch (social) kill intentionally and with premeditation

SamplesThe mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered.

ExamplesSam cannot dispatch Sue

Synonymsbump off, hit, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

Narrower (hyponym)burke, execute

4. dispatch (social) dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently

SamplesHe dispatched the task he was assigned.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

5. dispatch (contact) kill without delay

SamplesThe traitor was dispatched by the conspirators.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

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