Etymology
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dispatch (v.)

1510s, "to send off, send to a destination," usually implying urgent importance or haste, from Spanish despachar "expedite, hasten" or cognate Italian dispacciare "to dispatch." For first element, see dis-.

The second element apparently has been confused or corrupted, and its exact source and meaning is uncertain. One proposal is that it is Vulgar Latin *pactare "to fasten, fix" or *pactiare. Another says it is Latin -pedicare "to entrap" (from Latin pedica "shackle;" see impeach), and the Spanish and Italian words seem to be related to (perhaps opposites of) Old Provençal empachar "impede." See OED for full discussion.

Meaning "get rid of promptly by killing" is attested from 1520s; that of "attend to, finish, bring to an end, accomplish" is from 1530s. Related: Dispatched; dispatching.

dispatch (n.)

1540s, "dismissal after settlement of business," from dispatch (v.). Meaning "speed, haste" is from 1570s. Sense of "a written message sent speedily" is first attested 1580s; that of "a sending off or away" is from c. 1600.

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Definitions of dispatch
1
dispatch (v.)
send away towards a designated goal;
Synonyms: despatch / send off
dispatch (v.)
complete or carry out;
Synonyms: discharge / complete
dispatch (v.)
kill intentionally and with premeditation;
Synonyms: murder / slay / hit / bump off / off / polish off / remove
dispatch (v.)
dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently;
He dispatched the task he was assigned
dispatch (v.)
kill without delay;
the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators
2
dispatch (n.)
an official report (usually sent in haste);
Synonyms: despatch / communique
dispatch (n.)
the act of sending off something;
Synonyms: despatch / shipment
dispatch (n.)
the property of being prompt and efficient;
it was done with dispatch
Synonyms: despatch / expedition / expeditiousness
dispatch (n.)
killing a person or animal;
Synonyms: despatch
From wordnet.princeton.edu