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discharge

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of discharge

  1. 1 a directed propelling of a missile by a firearm or artillery piece the thunderous discharge of the cannons Synonyms of discharge blasting, shot, firingWords Related to discharge potshot; barrage, blitz, blitzkrieg, bombardment, broadside, burst, cannonade, drumfire, fusillade, hail, salvo, shower, storm, volley

  2. 2 a freeing from an obligation or responsibility a full discharge from responsibility for the accident Synonyms of discharge delivery, release, quietus, quittanceWords Related to discharge dispensation, exemption, immunity, waiver

  3. 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 Synonyms of discharge ax (or axe), layoff, dismissal, furlough, redundancy [chiefly British]Words Related to discharge pink slip; bird [chiefly British], boot, bum's rush, downsizing, firing, heave-ho, sack; closing, shutdown; shakeout, shake-upNear Antonyms of discharge callback, recall, reemployment, rehire, rehiring

  4. 4 the doing of an action aided in the discharge of his duties by a capable assistant Synonyms of discharge accomplishment, achievement, commission, enactment, execution, fulfillment (or fulfilment), implementation, performance, perpetration, prosecution, pursuanceWords Related to discharge dispatch, expedition; administration, direction, handling, management; application, operation, practice (also practise)Antonyms of discharge nonfulfillment, nonperformance


discharge

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of discharge

  1. 1 to cause (a projectile) to be driven forward with force Robert Goddard was the first to discharge a rocket containing an instrument package Synonyms of discharge blast, shoot, fire, loose, squeeze offWords Related to discharge launch, project; blaze (at), snipe (at); cast, catapult, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, lob, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

  2. 2 to empty or rid of cargo docks for discharging containerships Synonyms of discharge disburden, unload, disencumber, off-load, unburden, unlade, unpackWords Related to discharge free, lighten, relieve; clear, empty, evacuate, vacate, voidNear Antonyms of discharge charge, cram, fill, heap, jam, jam-pack, stuffAntonyms of discharge load, pack

  3. 3 to give what is owed for discharge a debt in full Synonyms of discharge ante up, balance, clear, pay, foot, liquidate, meet, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, settle, spring (for), standAntonyms of discharge repudiate

  4. 4 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) discharged the prisoners upon the signing of the peace treaty Synonyms of discharge free, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterWords Related to discharge bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms of discharge handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms of discharge bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

  5. 5 to throw or give off the mighty river discharges its waters into the ocean Synonyms of discharge cast, emit, emanate, evolve, exhale, expel, expire [archaic], give out, irradiate, issue, radiate, release, send (out), shoot, throw out, ventWords Related to discharge eliminate, evacuate, excrete, exude, ooze, secrete; eject, erupt, gush, jet, outpour, pour, spew, spout, spray, spurt, squirtNear Antonyms of discharge absorb, inhale, soak (up), sponge, suck (up), take up

  6. 6 to cause a weapon to release a missile with great force felt a strong recoil as the rifle discharged Synonyms of discharge blast, shoot, fireWords Related to discharge blaze, pepper; plink, potshot, snipe

  7. 7 to let go from office, service, or employment 15 people were discharged when the embezzling ring was discovered Synonyms of discharge ax (or axe), bounce, can, cashier, dismiss, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn offWords Related to discharge downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms of discharge keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms of discharge employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

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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