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Main Entry: 1dis·patch
Pronunciation: di-'spach
Function: verb
Etymology: Spanish despachar or Italian dispacciare, from Occitan despachar to get rid of, from Middle French despechier to set free, from Old French, from des- dis- + -pechier (as in enpechier to ensnare) -- more at IMPEACH
Date: 1517
transitive verb
1 : to send off or away with promptness or speed; especially : to send off on official business
2 a : to kill with quick efficiency b obsolete : DEPRIVE
3 : to dispose of (as a task) rapidly or efficiently
4 : DEFEAT 3
intransitive verb, archaic : to make haste : HURRY
synonym see KILL
- dis·patch·er noun