KJV Dictionary Definition: dispatch



1. To send or send away; particularly applied to the sending of messengers, agents and letters on special business, and often implying haste. The king dispatched and envoy to the court of Madrid. He dispatched a messenger to his envoy in France. He dispatched orders or letters to the commander of the forces in Spain. The president dispatched a special envoy to the court of St. James in 1794.

2. To send out of the world; to put to death.

The company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. Ezekiel 23.

3. To perform; to execute speedily; to finish; as, the business was dispatched in due time.

DISPATCH, v.i. To conclude an affair with another; to transact and finish. Not now used.

They have dispatched with Pompey.


1. Speedy performance; execution or transaction of business with due diligence.

2. Speed; haste; expedition; due diligence; as, the business was done with dispatch; go, but make dispatch.

3. Conduct; management. Not used.

4. A letter sent or to be sent with expedition, by a messenger express; or a letter on some affair of state, or of public concern; or a packet of letters, sent by some public officer, on public business. It is often used in the plural. A vessel or a messenger has arrived with dispatches for the American minister. A dispatch was immediately sent to the admiral. The secretary was preparing his dispatches.


DISPATCHED, pp. Sent with haste or by a courier express; sent out of the world; put to death; performed; finished.



1. One that dispatches; one that kills.

2. One that sends on a special errand.


DISPATCHFUL, a. Bent on haste; indicating haste; intent on speedy execution of business; as dispatchful looks.


DISPATCHING, ppr. Sending away in haste; putting to death; executing; finishing.