discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , ˈdis-ˌchärj \
discharged; discharging; discharges

Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to relieve of a charge, load, or burden:
a : unload discharge a cargo ship
b : to release from an obligation will be discharged from further payment
c electrical engineering : to release electrical energy from (something, such as a battery or capacitor) by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) discharging electricity from a battery
2a : to let or put off discharge passengers discharge cargo
b : shoot discharge an arrow
c : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner discharge a patient
d : to give outlet or vent to : emit discharge emotions vehicles discharging exhaust fumes
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 Navy
b : to get rid of (something, such as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action (such as payment) failing to discharge their debts
c law : to set aside or dismiss : annul discharge a court order
d : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill (see bill entry 4 sense 6) in order to bring it before the house (see house entry 1 sense 6a) for action
4 : to bear and distribute (something, such as the weight of a wall above an opening)
5 : to bleach out or remove (color or dye) in dyeing and printing textiles
6 : to cancel the record of the loan of (a library book) upon return

intransitive verb

1a : to throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden
b : to release electrical energy by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) ensure that the electricity discharges safely
2a : go off, fire used of a gunHis weapon discharged .
b : spread, run some dyes discharge
c : to pour forth fluid or other contents where the river discharges into the ocean

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , dis-ˈchärj \

Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that oppresses : release
b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of release or payment produced the discharge as evidence
2 : the state of being discharged or relieved
3 : the act of discharging or unloading her discharge from the hospital
4 law : release from confinement a record of prison discharges
5 : a firing off the discharge of a weapon
6a : a flowing or issuing out a discharge of spores a discharge of mucus also : a rate of flow controlling the discharge of water
b : something that is emitted a purulent discharge a clear discharge from the eyes and nose
7 law : the act of removing an obligation or liability (see liability sense 2) received a full discharge from his creditors
8a : release or dismissal especially from an office or employment suing for wrongful discharge
b : complete separation from military service her discharge from the Navy an honorable discharge
9a physics : the equalization of a difference of electric potential (see potential entry 2 sense 2c) between two points
b energy engineering : the conversion of the chemical energy of a battery into electrical energy

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Other Words from discharge

Verb

dischargeable \ dis-​ˈchär-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce dischargeable (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌchär-​ \ adjective
dischargee \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌchär-​ˈjē How to pronounce dischargee (audio) \ noun
discharger \ dis-​ˈchär-​jər How to pronounce discharger (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌchär-​ \ noun

Synonyms for discharge

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb

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

Examples of discharge in a Sentence

Verb She's due to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. We had to discharge several employees last week. Thousands of soldiers were discharged after the war. The judge discharged the jury. The ship discharged missiles against enemy targets. The gun failed to discharge. Noun The doctors approved her discharge from the hospital. Several former employees are suing the company for wrongful discharge. After his discharge from the military, he went to college to become a teacher. The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle. a rapid discharge from a gun
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But when he was discharged from the institution in March 2016, the hospital failed to inform the care center, although extra security cameras had been set up around the facility. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Japanese man who killed 19 at disabled facility sentenced to death," 16 Mar. 2020 She was medically discharged on Feb. 10 and transferred to a different detention center in Alvarado, ICE said. Daniella Silva, NBC News, "Guatemalan woman dies in ICE custody in Texas, eighth death since October," 10 Mar. 2020 Big farms will be expected to recycle water multiple times before it's discharged into the environment. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers, hit with a flurry of punches, seek long-term solutions," 6 Mar. 2020 The Wuhan man who died after he was discharged and readmitted had twice tested negative for the virus before being released, though a pre-discharge CT scan indicated a remaining infection in his lungs. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Why are patients who recover from coronavirus testing positive again?," 6 Mar. 2020 That boring sports bra is WAY way WAY better than what some survivors get when they’re discharged. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "After a rape exam, women’s underclothes are often taken as evidence. This nurse buys them new ones.," 18 Feb. 2020 Once the water was treated to and reached certain levels, it was then discharged to the public Anderson treatment plant. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "113 tons of dead fish: Indiana's worst environmental disaster, 20 years later," 19 Dec. 2019 As soon as she was discharged from the hospital, the Violetville residents began caring for her. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Adoption Day in Baltimore draws attention to need for foster families," 23 Nov. 2019 Although he was discharged after 10 days, according to Entertainment Weekly, Hart still requires physical therapy and sits down for most of the day. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Kevin Hart Breaks Silence After Car Accident: 'It Can Be All Over, Man'," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sewer district is in the midst of a $3 billion, 25-year plan to reduce raw sewage discharges into Lake Erie. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Sewer district reminder: Don’t flush wipes down the toilet," 18 Mar. 2020 In 1970, Michigan Congresswoman Martha Griffiths filed a discharge petition to bring the bill to a floor vote. Fabiola Cineas, The New Republic, "The Equal Rights Amendment May Have Found Its Moment," 16 Jan. 2020 The goal was to see whether Google’s algorithms could predict whether patients had died in the hospital or whether they’d been quickly readmitted after discharge. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Contract offers unprecedented look at Google deal to obtain patient data from the University of California," 26 Feb. 2020 There is no escaping this city of the internet, no flying the coop for its proverbial countryside, no respite from the constancy of its jostling beings, its barrage of images, its discharge of new distresses. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not," 24 Feb. 2020 Reservoir operators pulled back on discharge slightly on 10 a.m. Sunday, to 75,000 cubic feet per second, MEMA director Greg Michel said. Alissa Zhu, USA TODAY, "Historic flooding slams Mississippi as river continues to rise: 'This thing isn't over yet'," 16 Feb. 2020 Subsequent starts after the initial pull are push-button, as the capacitor discharges into the magneto—now acting as a starter motor—and turns the crankshaft. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2020 Ski-Doo Summit 850 Turbo Finds Higher Ground," 14 Feb. 2020 Researchers had already identified groundwater discharge in coastal areas as a key factor in the statues’ placement on Easter Island’s coast. Fox News, "Easter Island discovery: Experts shed new light on the mystery of the civilization’s 'collapse'," 11 Feb. 2020 Jackson’s policy is to hand out financial assistance applications to all patients at discharge. al, "This Alabama hospital sued more than 1,000 patients last year. Some owed just $150," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of discharge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for discharge

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French descharger, from Late Latin discarricare, from Latin dis- + Late Latin carricare to load — more at charge entry 1

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The first known use of discharge was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discharge. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for discharge

discharge

verb
How to pronounce discharge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

discharge

noun
How to pronounce discharge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \
discharged; discharging

Kids Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to allow to leave or get off The patient was discharged from the hospital.
2 : to dismiss from service discharge a worker
3 : to free of a load or burden : unload discharge a ship
4 : shoot entry 1 sense 2 discharge a gun
5 : to cause to shoot out of discharge a bullet
6 : to pour forth fluid or other contents The chimney discharged smoke.
7 : to get rid of by paying or doing discharge a debt He discharged his responsibilities.

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Kids Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the release of someone from a place The doctor approved her discharge from the hospital.
2 : the release from a duty or debt
3 : a certificate of release or payment
4 : the act of firing a person from a job
5 : an end of a person's military service
6 : an act of firing off a gun's discharge
7 : something that flows out The discharge was coming from a pipe.

discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis(h)-ˈchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , ˈdis(h)-ˌ How to pronounce discharge (audio) \
discharged; discharging

Medical Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a patient from the hospital
2a : to give outlet to or emit a boil discharging pus
b : to release or give expression to (a pent-up emotion or a repressed impulse) discharged his anxiety by working out with a punching bag

intransitive verb

: to pour forth fluid or other contents

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis(h)-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) , dis(h)-ˈ How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Medical Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of relieving of something discharge of a repressed impulse
2 : release from confinement, custody, or care returned to work the day after discharge from the hospital
3 : something that is emitted or evacuated a purulent discharge from a wound a thick white vaginal discharge

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discharge

transitive verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Legal Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner
3a : to dismiss from employment : terminate the employment of
b : to release from service or duty discharge a jury discharge a witness
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 : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill in order to bring it before the house for action

Other Words from discharge

dischargeability \ dis-​ˌchär-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
dischargeable \ dis-​ˈchär-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce dischargeable (audio) \ adjective

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj How to pronounce discharge (audio) \

Legal Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : the state of being discharged or released a party seeking a total discharge
3 : release from confinement ordering a conditional discharge of the alien on habeas corpusHarvard Law Review
4 : the act of removing an obligation or liability (as by payment of a debt or performance of a duty)
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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