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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dispatch \Dis*patch"\ (?; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
      {Dispatched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dispatching}.] [OF.
      despeechier, F. d[82]p[88]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.
                     Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we The
                     business we have talked of.               --Shak.
                     [The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day
                     dispatcheth all the harvest work.      --Robynson
      2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]
                     I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.
      3. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.
                     Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the
                     country . . . they perish among the lumber of
                     garrets.                                             --Walpole.
      4. To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending
            off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special
            business, and implying haste.
                     Even with the speediest expedition I will dispatch
                     him to the emperor's cou[?][?].         --Shak.
      5. To send out of the world; to put to death.
                     The company shall stone them with stones, and
                     dispatch them with their swords.         --Ezek. xxiii.
      Syn: To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform;
               conclude; finish; slay; kill.
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