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Dispatch, subst. 1) a sending away: “the words of your commission will tie you to the numbers and the time of their d.” Cymb. III, 7, 16.
2) the getting rid of sth., doing away: “what needed, then, that terrible d. of it into your pocket!” Lr. I, 2, 33 (terrible == fearful).
3) the finishing or winding up of a business: “to have a d. of complaints,” Meas. IV, 4, 14. “serious business, craving quick d.” LLL II, 31. “take and give back affairs and their d.” Tw. IV, 3, 18. “the business that seeks d. by day,” H8 V, 1, 16. “let's hence and hear how the d. is made,” Cor. I, 1, 281. “you shall put this night's great business into my d.” Mcb. I, 5, 69. Almost == business: “after some d. in hand at court, thither we bend again,” All's III, 2, 56. “and between these main parcels of d. effected many nicer needs,” IV, 3, 104.
4) decisive answer given: “to-day we shall have our d.” LLL IV, 1, 5. “yet give us our d.” Cor. V, 3, 180. “the several messengers from hence attend d.” Lr. II, 1, 127.
5) Swift d. == speed, haste: “makes all swift d. in pursuit of the thing,” Sonn. 143, 3. H5 II, 4, 6. “write from us to him, post-post-haste d.” Oth. I, 3, 46.
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