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For instance, let's say I dispatch a truck to deliver a thing, but I could also dispatch an individual to pick something up. How could I refer to either of those things without having to say "dispatched truck" or "dispatched person"?

I know I can just say "dispatched thing" or "dispatched item", but are there any terms that can encompass all things which could be dispatched?

I don't know if this would be a separate question, but could I perhaps refer to all things related to some dispatch event as a dispatch map or something?

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  • Unfortunately OED doesn't contain any mentions of dispatchee (as a corollary to dispatcher) at all.
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 22, 2017 at 17:38
  • courier? ....... Sep 22, 2017 at 17:44
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    While dictionary definitions only support using this noun for the content of a message, I believe that most people would understand calling that dispatched thing a dispatch (noun definition).
    – Davo
    Sep 22, 2017 at 18:41
  • Could you supply an example sentence with a gap for the word you want, please?
    – WS2
    Sep 22, 2017 at 21:10
  • I don't think my question is very good. I'm not sure of a better way to ask it, because I'm not entirely sure where I was trying to go with it. @Davo, I've taken your comment as the answer. If you make it the answer, I'll accept it. Sep 22, 2017 at 21:22

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While dictionary definitions only support using this noun for the content of a message, it's not much of a stretch, and I believe that most people would understand calling that dispatched thing a dispatch. From OLD:

dispatch

2 An official report on state or military affairs.
‘in his battle dispatch he described the gunner's bravery’

2.1 A report sent in from abroad by a journalist.
‘he conducted meetings for the correspondents and censored their dispatches’

Example:

That dispatch left here at 0920 hrs, and it arrived at the destination at 1035 hrs.

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