Discharge vs Dispatch - What's the difference?

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Discharge is a related term of dispatch.

As verbs the difference between discharge and dispatch

is that discharge is to accomplish or complete, as an obligation while dispatch is to send a shipment with promptness.

As nouns the difference between discharge and dispatch

is that discharge is (symptom) (uncountable ) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology while dispatch is a message sent quickly, as a shipment, a prompt settlement of a business, or an important official message sent by a diplomat, or military officer.

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  • To accomplish or complete, as an obligation.
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 1
  • O most dear mistress, / The sun will set before I shall discharge / What I must strive to do.
  • To free of a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
  • * Dryden
  • Discharged of business, void of strife.
  • * L'Estrange
  • In one man's fault discharge another man of his duty.
  • To send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to.
  • * Shakespeare
  • If he had / The present money to discharge the Jew.
  • To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
  • * Macaulay
  • The order for Daly's attendance was discharged .
  • To expel or let go.
  • * H. Spencer
  • Feeling in other cases discharges itself in indirect muscular actions.
  • To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
  • * Shakespeare
  • They do discharge their shot of courtesy.
  • (electricity) To release (an accumulated charge).
  • To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Discharge the common sort / With pay and thanks.
  • * Milton
  • Grindal was discharged the government of his see.
  • # (medicine) To release (an inpatient) from hospital.
  • # (military) To release (a member of the armed forces) from service.
  • To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty.
  • to discharge a prisoner
  • To operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling).
  • * Knolles
  • The galleys also did oftentimes, out of their prows, discharge their great pieces against the city.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IV
  • I ran forward, discharging my pistol into the creature's body in an effort to force it to relinquish its prey; but I might as profitably have shot at the sun.
  • To release (an auxiliary assumption) from the list of assumptions used in arguments, and return to the main argument.
  • To unload a ship or another means of transport.
  • To put forth, or remove, as a charge or burden; to take out, as that with which anything is loaded or filled.
  • to discharge a cargo
  • To give forth; to emit or send out.
  • A pipe discharges water.
  • To let fly; to give expression to; to utter.
  • He discharged a horrible oath.
  • (obsolete, Scotland) To prohibit; to forbid.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)


    (wikipedia discharge)
  • (symptom) (uncountable ) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology
  • the act of accomplishing (an obligation); performance
  • * 1610 , , act 2 scene 1
  • Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come / In yours and my discharge .
  • the act of expelling or letting go
  • (electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge
  • (medicine) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital
  • (military) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service
  • (hydrology) the volume of water transported by a river in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second)
  • dispatch

    Alternative forms

    * despatch (UK, Australia)


  • To send a shipment with promptness.
  • To send an important official message sent by a diplomat or military officer with promptness.
  • To send a journalist to a place in order to report
  • *{{quote-news, year=2013, date=April 9, author=Andrei Lankov, title=Stay Cool. Call North Korea‚Äôs Bluff., work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Scores of foreign journalists have been dispatched to Seoul to report on the growing tensions between the two Koreas and the possibility of war.}}
  • To hurry.
  • To dispose of speedily, as business; to execute quickly; to make a speedy end of; to finish; to perform.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we / The business we have talked of.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • [The] harvest men almost in one fair day dispatcheth all the harvest work.
  • To rid; to free.
  • * Udall
  • I had clean dispatched myself of this great charge.
  • (obsolete) To deprive.
  • To destroy quickly and efficiently.
  • (computing) To pass on for further processing, especially via a dispatch table (often with to ).
  • * 2004 , Peter Gutmann, Cryptographic Security Architecture: Design and Verification (page 102)
  • These handlers perform any additional checking and processing that may be necessary before and after a message is dispatched to an object. In addition, some message types are handled internally by the kernel


    * destroy * kill * make haste * send

    Derived terms

    * dispatch table


    * double dispatch * multiple dispatch * single dispatch


  • A message sent quickly, as a shipment, a prompt settlement of a business, or an important official message sent by a diplomat, or military officer.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, but could not prove, and would cite as they took to the streets. They also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies.}}
  • The act of doing something quickly.
  • * 1661 , , The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
  • During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-12-01, volume=405, issue=8813, page=3 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist), title= An internet of airborne things
  • , passage=A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.}}
  • A mission by an emergency response service, typically attend to an emergency in the field.
  • (obsolete) A dismissal.
  • Derived terms

    * dispatcher * dispatch case * dispatch table