dispatch Definition

  • 1to send someone or something somewhere for a particular purpose, often in a hurry
  • 2to deal with a task, problem, or opponent quickly and efficiently
  • 3an official report or statement, especially one produced quickly or urgently

Using dispatch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dispatch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company dispatched a team of engineers to fix the problem.

  • Example

    She dispatched the email before leaving the office.

  • Example

    The boxer dispatched his opponent in the first round.

  • Example

    The police were dispatched to the scene of the crime.

  • Example

    The dispatch from the embassy arrived this morning.

dispatch Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dispatch

Idioms Using dispatch

  • make short work of something/someone

    to deal with something or someone quickly and efficiently


    The experienced lawyer made short work of the prosecution's case.

  • at a moment's notice

    immediately or very quickly, without delay


    As a journalist, she had to be ready to travel at a moment's notice.

  • just in time to prevent something bad from happening


    The ambulance arrived in the nick of time and saved his life.

Phrases with dispatch

  • a messenger who carries urgent messages on horseback or motorcycle


    The dispatch rider delivered the message to the general's headquarters.

  • a box used by a government minister or other official to carry important papers and documents


    The Chancellor of the Exchequer carried the budget speech in the dispatch box.

  • a small briefcase used for carrying important papers and documents


    The lawyer carried the confidential files in his dispatch case.

Origins of dispatch

from Old French 'despeechier', meaning 'to unshackle'


Summary: dispatch in Brief

The verb 'dispatch' [dɪˈspætʃ] means to send someone or something somewhere quickly and efficiently for a specific purpose. It can also mean to deal with a task or problem quickly and efficiently, as in 'The boxer dispatched his opponent in the first round.' 'Dispatch' can also refer to an official report or statement, such as 'The dispatch from the embassy arrived this morning.'

How do native speakers use this expression?