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dispatch vb. (the most freq. meaning in S. is ‘to make haste’)
1. to make away with, kill R2 III. i. 35; absol. John IV. i. 27, R3 I. ii. 182, Lr. II. i. 60; also “to dispatch” a person's “life” Lr. IV. v. 12.
2. to deprive “of” Ham. I. v. 75 “Of life, of crown, of queen, at once dispatch'”
3. to settle, conclude (a business), execute promptly; absol. Wiv. V. v. 196 “have you d-ed?,” Ant. V. ii. 229; to settle or have done “with” Meas. III. i. 280 “ with Angelo,” Ant. III. ii. 2 “They have d-'d with Pompey.”
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