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launch

verb \ ˈlȯnch , ˈlänch \

Definition of launch

transitive verb
1 a :to throw forward :hurl
  • launched an arrow at a target
b :to release, catapult, or send off (a self-propelled object)
  • launch a rocket
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
  • launch a business
  • launch a fund drive
(2) :to get off to a good start
  • a literary dinner to launch the book
  • Newsweek
d :to load into a computer's memory and run
  • launch a program
intransitive verb
1 a :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
2 a archaic :to slide down the ways
b :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


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launch

noun

Definition of launch

:an act or instance of launching

Origin and Etymology of launch

Other Nautical Terms


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launch

noun

Definition of launch

1 :a large boat that operates from a ship
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

Other Nautical Terms



LAUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

launch

verb

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

verb \ ˈlȯnch \

Definition of launch for Students

launched; launching
1 :to throw or spring forward :hurl
  • McNab scooped up a handful of track stones. He launched one.
  • —Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee
2 :to send off especially with force
  • launch a spacecraft
3 :to set afloat
  • launch a ship
4 :to give a start to :begin
  • launch a plan

2

launch

noun

Definition of launch for Students

:an act of launching
  • a rocket launch

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launch

noun

Definition of launch for Students

:a small open or partly covered motorboat


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