Etymology
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despatch

18c. variant of dispatch (q.v.), apparently the result of an error in the printing of Johnson's dictionary.

updated on July 28, 2010

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Definitions of despatch from WordNet
1
despatch (n.)
an official report (usually sent in haste);
Synonyms: dispatch / communique
despatch (n.)
the property of being prompt and efficient;
Synonyms: dispatch / expedition / expeditiousness
despatch (n.)
killing a person or animal;
Synonyms: dispatch
despatch (n.)
the act of sending off something;
Synonyms: dispatch / shipment
2
despatch (v.)
send away towards a designated goal;
Synonyms: dispatch / send off
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