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launch

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verb \ˈlȯnch, ˈlänch\

Definition of launch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to throw forward :  hurl launched an arrow at a targetb :  to release, catapult, or send off (a self-propelled object) launch a rocket

  3. 2a :  to set (a boat or ship) afloatb :  to give (a person) a start launched her on a new careerc (1) :  to put into operation or set in motion :  initiate, introduce launch a business launch a fund drive (2) :  to get off to a good start a literary dinner to launch the book — Newsweekd :  to load into a computer's memory and run launch a program

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a :  to spring forward :  take off The catapult snagged and the plane overturned before it could launch.b :  to enter energetically launched into an impromptu speech — Tim Tucker

  6. 2a archaic :  to slide down the waysb :  to make a start had launched on his hour of study — Hallam Tennyson

Examples of launch in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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launch

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Definition of launch

  1. :  an act or instance of launching

Origin and Etymology of launch

see 1launch


First Known Use: 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 and Etymology of launch

Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish lancha, from Portuguese


First Known Use: 1697

Other Nautical Terms



LAUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

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launch

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verb \ˈlȯnch, ˈlänch\

Definition of launch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LAUNCH Defined for Kids

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launch

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verb \ˈlȯnch\

Definition of launch for Students

launched

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launching

  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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Definition of launch for Students

  1. :  an act of launching a rocket launch


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launch

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Definition of launch for Students

  1. :  a small open or partly covered motorboat



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