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 for dispatch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dispatch \Dis*patch"\ (?; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Dispatched; p. pr. & vb. n. Dispatching.] [OF.
     despeechier, F. d['e]p[^e]cher; prob. from pref. des- (L.
     dis-) + (assumed) LL. pedicare to place obstacles in the way,
     fr. L. pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and
     cf. Impeach, Despatch.] [Written also despatch.]
     1. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly;
        to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
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              Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
              The business we have talked of.       --Shak.
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              [The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day
              dispatcheth all the harvest work.     --Robynson
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
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     2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]
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              I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.
                                                    --Udall.
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     3. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.
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              Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the
              country . . . they perish among the lumber of
              garrets.                              --Walpole.
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     4. To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending
        off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special
        business, and implying haste.
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              Even with the speediest expedition
              I will dispatch him to the emperor's cou??. --Shak.
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     5. To send out of the world; to put to death.
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              The company shall stone them with stones, and
              dispatch them with their swords.      --Ezek. xxiii.
                                                    47.
  
     Syn: To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform;
          conclude; finish; slay; kill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dispatch \Dis*patch"\, v. i.
     To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of
     business.
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           They have dispatched with Pompey.        --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dispatch \Dis*patch"\, n. [Cf. OF. despeche, F. d['e]p[^e]che.
     See Dispatch, v. t.] [Written also despatch.]
     1. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on
        important business.
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     2. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance.
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              To the utter dispatch of all their most beloved
              comforts.                             --Milton.
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     3. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of
        business; prompt execution; diligence; haste.
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              Serious business, craving quick dispatch. --Shak.
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              To carry his scythe . . . with a sufficient dispatch
              through a sufficient space.           --Paley.
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     4. A message dispatched or sent with speed; especially, an
        important official letter sent from one public officer to
        another; -- often used in the plural; as, a messenger has
        arrived with dispatches for the American minister; naval
        or military dispatches.
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     5. A message transmitted by telegraph. [Modern]
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     Dispatch boat, a swift vessel for conveying dispatches; an
        advice boat.
  
     Dispatch box, a box for carrying dispatches; a box for
        papers and other conveniences when traveling.
  
     Syn: Haste; hurry; promptness; celerity; speed. See Haste.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dispatch
      n 1: an official report (usually sent in haste) [syn:
           dispatch, despatch, communique]
      2: the act of sending off something [syn: dispatch,
         despatch, shipment]
      3: the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with
         dispatch" [syn: dispatch, despatch, expedition,
         expeditiousness]
      4: killing a person or animal [syn: dispatch, despatch]
      v 1: send away towards a designated goal [syn: dispatch,
           despatch, send off]
      2: complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties" [syn:
         dispatch, discharge, complete]
      3: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
         ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, hit,
         dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, remove]
      4: dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently; "He
         dispatched the task he was assigned"
      5: kill without delay; "the traitor was dispatched by the
         conspirators"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  320 Moby Thesaurus words for "dispatch":
     accelerate, accomplish, accomplished fact, accomplishment, account,
     achieve, achievement, acknowledgment, acquaintance, address,
     administration, advice, agility, air speed, air-express,
     airfreight, airmail, alacrity, annihilate, announcement, answer,
     assassinate, assassination, attain, attainment, bane,
     bereave of life, billet, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, blue book,
     braining, briefing, briskness, bulletin, bump off, bundle, bury,
     business letter, bustle, carry away, carry off, carrying out,
     celerity, chit, chloroform, commission, communication, communique,
     compass, complete, completion, conclude, conduct, consign, consume,
     consummate, consummation, convey, cope with, crowd, cut down,
     cut off, data, datum, deal with, dealing death, decisiveness,
     deprive of life, destroy, destruction, destruction of life, devour,
     directory, discharge, disposal, dispose of, do, do away with,
     do for, do in, do the job, do the trick, do to death, document,
     down, drive on, drop a letter, eat up, effect, effectuate,
     effectuation, eliminate, embark, embassy, enact, enactment, end,
     enlightenment, epistle, erase, euthanasia, evidence, execute,
     execution, expedite, expedition, expeditiousness, export, express,
     exterminate, extermination, facts, factual information,
     fait accompli, familiarization, fastness, favor, fetch, finish,
     finish off, flight, flit, flow of blood, flurry, forward, freight,
     fruition, fulfill, fulfillment, gen, general information, get,
     get away with, get done, get down, get through, goodwill, gore,
     ground speed, guidebook, gun down, handle, handling, handout,
     hard information, haste, hasten, hasten on, hie on, hit, hurry,
     hurry along, hurry on, hurry up, hustle, hustle up, ice, immediacy,
     immediateness, immolate, immolation, implementation,
     incidental information, info, information, ingest,
     instantaneousness, instruction, intelligence, kill, killing,
     knock off, knots, knowledge, lapidation, launch into eternity, lay,
     letter, light, lightning speed, line, liquidate, lynch, mail, make,
     make away with, manage, management, martyr, martyrdom,
     martyrization, martyrize, mention, mercy killing, message,
     miles per hour, mission accomplished, missive, murder, news item,
     nimbleness, note, notice, notification, perform, performance,
     perpetration, piece, pneumatogram, poison, poisoning, polish off,
     post, precipitate, precipitation, presentation, press, produce,
     production, promotional material, promptitude, promptness, proof,
     publication, publicity, punctuality, punctualness, purge, push,
     push on, push through, put away, put down, put to death,
     put to sleep, quicken, quickness, railroad through, rapidity,
     readiness, realization, realize, release, remit, remove from life,
     reply, report, rescript, ritual killing, ritual murder, round pace,
     route, rpm, rub out, rush, rush along, rustle, sacrifice, send,
     send away, send forth, send off, sharpness, ship, shooting,
     sidelight, silence, slaughter, slay, slaying, smartness,
     snappiness, speed, speed along, speed up, speediness, spryness,
     spur, stampede, starve, statement, stoning, story, succeed,
     success, summariness, surround, swallow, swift rate, swiftness,
     take care of, take down, take in, take life, take off,
     taking of life, telegram, the dope, the goods, the know, the scoop,
     transact, transaction, transmission, transmit, tuck in,
     turn the trick, urge, velocity, waste, whip, whip along,
     white book, white paper, word, work, work out, zap
  
  

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