verb \ˈlnch, ˈlänch\

: to send or shoot (something, such as a rocket) into the air or water or into outer space

: to put (a boat or ship) on the water

: to throw (something) forward in a forceful way

Full Definition of LAUNCH

transitive verb
a :  to throw forward :  hurl
b :  to release, catapult, or send off (a self-propelled object) <launch a rocket>
a :  to set (a boat or ship) afloat
b :  to give (a person) a start <launched her on a new career>
c (1) :  to put into operation or set in motion :  initiate, introduce
(2) :  to get off to a good start
d :  to load into a computer's memory and run <launch a program>
intransitive verb
a :  to spring forward :  take off
b :  to enter energetically <launched into an impromptu speech — Timothy Tucker>
a archaic :  to slide down the ways
b :  to make a start

Examples of LAUNCH

  1. The enemy launched an attack at sunrise.
  2. She's trying to launch a new career as a singer.
  3. The police have launched an investigation into his activities.
  4. He helped launch her in her career as a singer.
  5. The company is expected to launch several new products next year.
  6. You can launch the program by double-clicking on the icon.

Origin of LAUNCH

Middle English, from Anglo-French *lancher, lancer, from Late Latin lanceare to wield a lance — more at lance
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LAUNCH



Definition of LAUNCH

:  an act or instance of launching

First Known Use of LAUNCH


Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay



Definition of LAUNCH

:  a large boat that operates from a ship
:  a small motorboat that is open or that has the forepart of the hull covered

Origin of LAUNCH

Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish lancha, from Portuguese
First Known Use: 1697

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


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