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despatch (plural despatches)

  1. Alternative form of dispatch. (see also Wikipedia's Mentioned in Despatches)
    • 1843, William Hickling Prescott, The Conquest of Mexico, Volume 1, 1957, page 31,
      The courier, bearing his despatches in the form of a hieroglyphical painting, ran with them to the first station, [] .
    • 1931, Francis Beeding, chapter 1/1, Death Walks in Eastrepps[1]:
      Eldridge closed the despatch-case with a snap and, rising briskly, walked down the corridor to his solitary table in the dining-car.


despatch (third-person singular simple present despatches, present participle despatching, simple past and past participle despatched)

  1. Alternative form of dispatch.
    • 1833, Massachusetts Medical Society, New England Surgical Society, Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Volumes 8-9, page 31,
      She fainted, was got into bed, and a messenger was despatched for me.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18: 
      Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.