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discharge

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verb dis·charge \dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌ\

Definition of discharge

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to relieve of a charge, load, or burden:a :  unload discharge a cargo shipb :  to release from an obligation will be discharged from further paymentc electrical engineering :  to release electrical energy from (something, such as a battery or capacitor) by a discharge (see 2discharge 9b) discharging electricity from a battery

  3. 2a :  to let or put off discharge passengers discharge cargob :  shoot discharge an arrowc :  to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner discharge a patientd :  to give outlet or vent to :  emit discharge emotions vehicles discharging exhaust fumes

  4. 3a (1) :  to dismiss from employment had to discharge several employees last month (2) :  to release from service or duty discharge a soldier was discharged from the Navyb :  to get rid of (something, such as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action (such as payment) failing to discharge their debtsc law :  to set aside or dismiss :  annul discharge a court orderd :  to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill (see 4bill 6) in order to bring it before the house (see 1house 6a) for action

  5. 4 :  to bear and distribute (something, such as the weight of a wall above an opening)

  6. 5 :  to bleach out or remove (color or dye) in dyeing and printing textiles

  7. 6 :  to cancel the record of the loan of (a library book) upon return

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1a :  to throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burdenb :  to release electrical energy by a discharge (see 2discharge 9b) ensure that the electricity discharges safely

  10. 2a :  go off, fire —used of a gun His weapon discharged.b :  spread, run some dyes dischargec :  to pour forth fluid or other contents where the river discharges into the ocean

dischargeable

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dischargee

play \(ˌ)dis-ˌchär-ˈjē\ noun

discharger

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Examples of discharge in a sentence

  1. She's due to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.

  2. We had to discharge several employees last week.

  3. Thousands of soldiers were discharged after the war.

  4. The judge discharged the jury.

  5. The ship discharged missiles against enemy targets.

  6. The gun failed to discharge.

Origin and Etymology of discharge

Middle English, from Anglo-French descharger, from Late Latin discarricare, from Latin dis- + Late Latin carricare to load — more at charge


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of discharge

perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

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discharge

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noun dis·charge \ˈdis-ˌchärj, dis-ˈ\

Definition of discharge

  1. 1a :  the act of relieving of something that oppresses :  releaseb :  something that discharges or releases; especially :  a certification of release or payment produced the discharge as evidence

  2. 2 :  the state of being discharged or relieved

  3. 3 :  the act of discharging or unloading her discharge from the hospital

  4. 4 law :  release from confinement a record of prison discharges

  5. 5 :  a firing off the discharge of a weapon

  6. 6a :  a flowing or issuing out a discharge of spores a discharge of mucus; also :  a rate of flow controlling the discharge of waterb :  something that is emitted a purulent discharge a clear discharge from the eyes and nose

  7. 7 law :  the act of removing an obligation or liability (see liability 2) received a full discharge from his creditors

  8. 8a :  release or dismissal especially from an office or employment suing for wrongful dischargeb :  complete separation from military service her discharge from the Navy an honorable discharge

  9. 9a physics :  the equalization of a difference of electric potential (see 2potential 2c) between two pointsb energy engineering :  the conversion of the chemical energy of a battery into electrical energy

Examples of discharge in a sentence

  1. The doctors approved her discharge from the hospital.

  2. Several former employees are suing the company for wrongful discharge.

  3. After his discharge from the military, he went to college to become a teacher.

  4. The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle.

  5. a rapid discharge from a gun

Origin and Etymology of discharge

see 1discharge


First Known Use: 14th century



DISCHARGE Defined for English Language Learners

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discharge

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verb dis·charge \dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌ\

Definition of discharge for English Language Learners

  • : to allow (someone) to leave a hospital, prison, etc.

  • : to take away the job of (someone) : to end the employment of (someone)

  • : to end the service of (someone) in a formal or official way : to release (someone) from duty


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discharge

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noun dis·charge \ˈdis-ˌchärj, dis-ˈ\

Definition of discharge for English Language Learners

  • : the release of someone from a hospital, prison, etc.

  • : the act of firing or dismissing someone from a job

  • : the act of ending a person's service to the military


DISCHARGE Defined for Kids

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discharge

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verb dis·charge \dis-ˈchärj\

Definition of discharge for Students

discharged

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discharging

  1. 1 :  to allow to leave or get off The patient was discharged from the hospital.

  2. 2 :  to dismiss from service discharge a worker

  3. 3 :  to free of a load or burden :  unload discharge a ship

  4. 4 :  1shoot 2 discharge a gun

  5. 5 :  to cause to shoot out of discharge a bullet

  6. 6 :  to pour forth fluid or other contents The chimney discharged smoke.

  7. 7 :  to get rid of by paying or doing discharge a debt He discharged his responsibilities.


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discharge

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noun dis·charge \ˈdis-ˌchärj\

Definition of discharge for Students

  1. 1 :  the release of someone from a place The doctor approved her discharge from the hospital.

  2. 2 :  the release from a duty or debt

  3. 3 :  a certificate of release or payment

  4. 4 :  the act of firing a person from a job

  5. 5 :  an end of a person's military service

  6. 6 :  an act of firing off a gun's discharge

  7. 7 :  something that flows out The discharge was coming from a pipe.


Medical Dictionary

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discharge

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verb dis·charge \dis(h)-ˈchärj, ˈdis(h)-ˌ\

Medical Definition of discharge

discharged

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discharging

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a patient from the hospital

  4. 2a:  to give outlet to or emit a boil discharging pusb:  to release or give expression to (a pent-up emotion or a repressed impulse) discharged his anxiety by working out with a punching bag

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to pour forth fluid or other contents


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discharge

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noun dis·charge \ˈdis(h)-ˌchärj, dis(h)-ˈ\

Medical Definition of discharge

  1. 1:  the act of relieving of something discharge of a repressed impulse

  2. 2:  release from confinement, custody, or care returned to work the day after discharge from the hospital

  3. 3:  something that is emitted or evacuated a purulent discharge from a wound a thick white vaginal discharge


Law Dictionary

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discharge

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transitive verb dis·charge \dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌchärj\

Legal Definition of discharge

  1. 1 :  to release from an obligation: as a :  to relieve of a duty under an instrument (as a contract or a negotiable instrument); also :  to render (an instrument) no longer enforceable a formal instrument…may be discharged by either cancellation or surrender — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo b :  to release (a debtor in bankruptcy) from liability for his or her debts

  2. 2 :  to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner

  3. 3a :  to dismiss from employment :  terminate the employment of b :  to release from service or duty discharge a jury discharge a witness

  4. 4a :  to get rid of (as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action b :  to fulfill a requirement for evidence which is required to discharge the burden of going forward — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

  5. 5 :  to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill in order to bring it before the house for action

dischargeability

\dis-ˌchär-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

dischargeable

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discharge

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noun dis·charge \ˈdis-ˌchärj\

Legal Definition of discharge

  1. 1a :  the act of relieving of something that burdens or oppresses :  release b :  something that discharges or releases; especially :  a certification of or a document proving release or payment

  2. 2 :  the state of being discharged or released a party seeking a total discharge

  3. 3 :  release from confinement ordering a conditional discharge of the alien on habeas corpus — Harvard Law Review

  4. 4 :  the act of removing an obligation or liability (as by payment of a debt or performance of a duty)

  5. 5a :  a dismissal from employment or office constructive discharge :  discharge of an employee effected by making the employee's working conditions so intolerable that he or she reasonably feels compelled to resign retaliatory discharge :  a wrongful discharge that is done in retaliation for an employee's conduct (as reporting an employer's criminal activity) and that clearly violates public policy wrongful discharge :  discharge of an employee for illegal reasons or for reasons that are contrary to public policy (as in retaliation for the employee's refusal to engage in unlawful activity) b :  a release from service or duty



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