The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dispatch \Dis*patch"\ (?; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Dispatched; p. pr. & vb. n. Dispatching.] [OF.
despeechier, F. d['e]p[^e]cher; prob. from pref. des- (L.
dis-) + (assumed) LL. pedicare to place obstacles in the way,
fr. L. pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and
cf. Impeach, Despatch.] [Written also despatch.]
1. To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly;
to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
The business we have talked of. --Shak.
[The] harvest men . . . almost in one fair day
dispatcheth all the harvest work. --Robynson
2. To rid; to free. [Obs.]
I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.
3. To get rid of by sending off; to send away hastily.
Unless dispatched to the mansion house in the
country . . . they perish among the lumber of
4. To send off or away; -- particularly applied to sending
off messengers, messages, letters, etc., on special
business, and implying haste.
Even with the speediest expedition
I will dispatch him to the emperor's cou??. --Shak.
5. To send out of the world; to put to death.
The company shall stone them with stones, and
dispatch them with their swords. --Ezek. xxiii.
Syn: To expedite; hasten; speed; accelerate; perform;
conclude; finish; slay; kill.