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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: dispacciare, from Old French despeechier 'to set free'

dispatch

1 verb
     
di‧spatch1 , despatch [transitive]
1 formal to send someone or something somewhere for a particular purpose
dispatch somebody/something to somebody/something
A reporter was dispatched to Naples to cover the riot.
Goods are normally dispatched within 24 hours.
2 to deal with someone or to finish a job quickly and effectively:
She dispatched (=beat) her opponent 6-2, 6-1.
3 old-fashioned to deliberately kill a person or animal

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