, n. [Cf. OF. despeche, F. dpche. See Dispatch, v. t.]
[Written also despatch.]
1. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business.
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2. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance.
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To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved comforts.
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3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste.
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Serious business, craving quick dispatch.
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To carry his scythe . . . with a sufficient dispatch through a sufficient space.
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4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an important official letter sent from one public officer to another; -- often used in the plural; as, a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval or military dispatches.
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5. A message transmitted by telegraph. [Modern]
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Dispatch boat, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an advice boat. -- Dispatch box, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for papers and other conveniences when traveling.

Syn. -- Haste; hurry; promptness; celerity; speed. See Haste.
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