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discharge

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1 a directed propelling of a missile by a firearm or artillery piece
  • the thunderous discharge of the cannons

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2 a freeing from an obligation or responsibility
  • a full discharge from responsibility for the accident

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3 the termination of the employment of an employee or a work force often temporarily
  • she was resentful over what she felt was a wrongful discharge

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4 the doing of an action
  • aided in the discharge of his duties by a capable assistant

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discharge

verb

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1 to cause (a projectile) to be driven forward with force
  • Robert Goddard was the first to discharge a rocket containing an instrument package

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2 to empty or rid of cargo
  • docks for discharging containerships

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3 to give what is owed for
  • discharge a debt in full

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4 to set free (as from slavery or confinement)
  • discharged the prisoners upon the signing of the peace treaty

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5 to throw or give off
  • the mighty river discharges its waters into the ocean

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6 to cause a weapon to release a missile with great force
  • felt a strong recoil as the rifle discharged

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7 to let go from office, service, or employment
  • 15 people were discharged when the embezzling ring was discovered

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Frequently Asked Questions About discharge

How does the verb discharge contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of discharge are accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, fulfill, and perform. While all these words mean "to carry out or into effect," discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks.

discharged his duties

In what contexts can accomplish take the place of discharge?

The words accomplish and discharge can be used in similar contexts, but accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out.

accomplished everything they set out to do

How do achieve and accomplish relate to one another, in the sense of discharge?

Achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties.

achieve greatness

How are the words effect and achieve related as synonyms of discharge?

Effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles.

effected sweeping reforms

When might execute be a better fit than discharge?

While in some cases nearly identical to discharge, execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent.

executed the hit-and-run

When would fulfill be a good substitute for discharge?

The words fulfill and discharge are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities.

fulfilled their ambitions

When could perform be used to replace discharge?

While the synonyms perform and discharge are close in meaning, perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill.

performed gymnastics

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

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“Discharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/discharge. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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