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launch

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verb \ˈlȯnch, ˈlänch\

Simple Definition of launch

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to throw forward :  hurl b :  to release, catapult, or send off (a self-propelled object) <launch a rocket>

  3. 2 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>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to spring forward :  take off b :  to enter energetically <launched into an impromptu speech — Timothy Tucker>

  6. 2 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


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launch

noun

Definition of launch

  1. :  an act or instance of launching



1749

First Known Use of launch

1749

Other Nautical Terms


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launch

noun

Definition of launch

  1. 1 :  a large boat that operates from a ship

  2. 2 :  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



LAUNCH Defined for Kids

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launch

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verb \ˈlȯnch\

Definition of launch

launchedlaunch·ing

  1. 1 :  to throw or spring forward :  hurl <McNab scooped up a handful of track stones. He launched one. — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>

  2. 2 :  to send off especially with force <launch a spacecraft>

  3. 3 :  to set afloat <launch a ship>

  4. 4 :  to give a start to :  begin <launch a plan>




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launch

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noun

Definition of launch

  1. :  an act of launching <a rocket launch>




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launch

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noun

Definition of launch

  1. :  a small open or partly covered motorboat





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