- (transitive) If you dispatch people or equipment somewhere, you send them there to do a particular task.
- Synonym: send
- Antonym: recall
- The government has reportedly dispatched elite army troops to Baghdad.
- Vietnam dispatched ships and aircraft Saturday to the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand.
- (transitive) If you dispatch a message, package, etc., you send it.
- Before long, Edison was regularly dispatching instructions to his lab up north.
- (transitive) If you dispatch a living thing, you kill it.
- If the immune system has seen the viruses before, it can dispatch them swiftly.
- His men swiftly dispatched any French prisoners by beheading them.
- (countable) A dispatch is a message or report sent by a someone in a distant location.
- The New York Times ran 10 stories on Rwanda, half of them brief wire service dispatches.
- (uncountable) Dispatch is part of an emergency response system, such as police or ambulance, which sends personnel to deal with emergencies.
- When dispatch couldn't contact him, they called and asked me to check on him.
- (uncountable) The dispatch of someone to a place is the act of sending them there to do a particular task.
- They recommended to the President the dispatch of six thousand to eight thousand American combat forces.
- (uncountable) If you do something with dispatch you finish it without wasting time.
- We want to make sure that that work continues with all due dispatch and speed.