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Dispatch, vb., 1) to send: Lucrece hastily --eth messengers, Lucr. Arg. Oth. I, 3, 46 Gentl. I, 3, 38. All's III, 4, 34. Wint. II, 1, 182. John I, 99. V, 7, 90. R2 II, 2, 103. III, 1, 40. H6A IV, 4, 40. Cor. I, 7, 2. Tim. II, 2, 196. Hml. I, 2, 33.
2) to make ready for going, and then to prepare in general: “d. me hence,” Gentl. II, 7, 88. “d. you with your safest haste and get you from our court,” As I, 3, 43. “whilst a field should be --ed and fought, you are disputing of your generals,” H6A I, 1, 72.
3) to finish, to wind up (a business); a) absol.: “have you --ed?” Wiv. V, 5, 189. “we'll d. indeed,” Ant. V, 2, 230. Followed by with, == to come to an agreement: “d. with Angelo, that it may be quickly,” Meas. III, 1, 278. “they have --ed with Pompey,” Ant. III, 2, 2.
b) trans.: “d. it quickly,” Wiv. V, 3, 3. Meas. IV, 3, 82. “d. all business,” Merch. III, 2, 325. Shr. Ind. I, 129. All's IV, 3, 98. R3 I, 3, 341 (Qq to d. this deed, Ff to d. this thing). I, 4, 278 (Qq performed). IV, 2, 84 (Ff I will d. it straight; Qq 'tis done, my gracious lord). Tit. III, 1, 193. Hml. III, 3, 3. Oth. I, 3, 148. Ant. II, 2, 168. Cymb. I, 3, 39. “will you d. us here under this tree?” As III, 3, 66 (i. e. marry us).
4) to satisfy, to answer decisively: “d. us with all speed,” H5 II, 4, 141. “you shall be soon --ed,” H5 II, 4, 141 “they are well --ed,” Per. II, 5, 15.
5) to put to death: R2 III, 1, 35. H6B III, 2, 2. H6B III, 2, 2 H6C V, 5, 69. R3 I, 3, 341 (Ff to d. this thing, Qq to d. this deed). Cor. III, 1, 286. Tit. IV, 2, 86. Rom. V, 1, 79. Mcb. III, 4, 15. Lr. IV, 5, 12. Ant. IV, 14, 104. Absolutely: “therefore I will be sudden and d.” John IV, 1, 27. “nay, now d.” R3 I, 2, 182.* “and found -- d.!” Lr. II, 1, 60. “I am sworn and will d.” Per. IV, 1, 92. -- Followed by of, == to deprive of by death, to tear away from by death: “thus was I sleeping, by a brother's hand of life, of crown, of queen, at once --ed,” Hml. I, 5, 75 (of == from; cf. Of).
6) to make haste: “and now d. we toward the court,” H4B IV, 3, 82. Mostly in the imper. dispatch == be quick, make haste: Gentl. V, 2, 48. Wiv. IV, 2, 112. Meas. IV, 3, 96. Err. IV, 1, 52. Mids. IV, 1, 113. Wint. IV, 4, 654. R2 IV, 243. H4B II, 4, 14. V, 5, 4. H6B II, 3, 94. R3 I, 3, 356. III, 3, 8. III, 4, 96. III, 4, 96 Cor. V, 6, 8. Mcb. V, 3, 50. Oth. IV, 2, 30. IV, 3, 33. Ant. III, 12, 26. IV, 4, 15. IV, 5, 17. V, 2, 309. V, 2, 309 Cymb. I, 5, 3. III, 4, 98.
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