v. t.

  1. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
  2. To rid; to free.
  3. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.
  4. To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special business, and implying haste.
  5. To send out of the world; to put to death.
  6. The act of sending a message or messenger in haste or on important business.
  7. Any sending away; dismissal; riddance.
  8. The finishing up of a business; speedy performance, as of business; prompt execution; diligence; haste.
  9. 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.
  10. A message transmitted by telegraph.

v. i.

  1. To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of business.