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  1. dis·charge
  2. verb

    • 1. tell (someone) officially that they can or must leave a place or situation.

    • 2. send (a patient) out of the hospital because they are judged fit to go home:

      Mark was taken away in an ambulance but later discharged
    • 3. dismiss or release (someone) from a job, especially from service in the armed forces or police.

      Synonym : dismiss, remove, eject, expel, deprive of office, get rid of, throw out, oust, let go, give someone notice, lay off, make redundant, cashier, sack, give someone the sack, fire, axe, send packing, give someone the boot, boot out, turf out, give someone their cards, give someone their marching orders, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the push, give someone the bullet, show someone the door
    • 4. release (someone) from the custody or restraint of the law:

      he ordered that 1,671 prisoners of war be discharged from prison
      Synonym : release, liberate, free, set free, let go, let out, allow to leave, set/let/turn loose, acquit, clear, absolve, pardon, exonerate, reprieve, exculpate, deliver, spare, exempt, emancipate, let off (the hook), manumit
    • 5. relieve (a juror or jury) from serving in a case:

      if the jury cannot agree, it should be discharged
    • 6. allow (a liquid, gas, or other substance) to flow out from where it has been confined:

      industrial plants discharge highly toxic materials into rivers the overflow should discharge in an obvious place
      Synonym : send out, pour, release, eject, emit, let out, void, issue, dispense, give off, exude, excrete, ooze, leak, gush, jet, extravasate, disembogue
    • 7. (of an orifice or diseased tissue) emit (pus, mucus, or other liquid):

      the swelling will eventually break down and discharge pus the eyes and nose began to discharge
    • 8. release or neutralize the electric charge of (an electric field, battery, or other object):

      the electrostatic field that builds up on a monitor screen can be discharged batteries have a tendency to discharge slowly
    • 9. (of a person) fire (a gun or missile):

      when you shoot you can discharge as many barrels as you wish
      Synonym : fire, shoot, let off, set off, loose off, trigger, explode, detonate
    • 10. (of a firearm) be fired:

      there was a dull thud as the gun discharged
    • 11. unload (cargo or passengers) from a ship:

      the ferry was discharging passengers ninety ships were waiting to discharge
    • 12. (of a person) allow (an emotion) to be released:

      he discharged his resentment in the harmless form of memoirs
    • 13. do all that is required to fulfill (a responsibility) or perform (a duty):

      the bank had failed to discharge its supervisory duties
      Synonym : carry out, perform, conduct, do, complete, accomplish, achieve, fulfill, execute, implement, dispatch, bring off, bring about, effect, observe, abide by, stand by, effectuate
    • 14. pay off (a debt or other financial claim):

      the executor must discharge the funeral expenses
      Synonym : pay, pay off, pay in full, settle (up), clear, honor, meet, liquidate, satisfy, defray, make good, square
    • 15. (of a judge or court) cancel (an order of a court):

      the court may discharge a care order on the application of the child
    • 16. cancel (a contract) because of completion or breach:

      an existing mortgage to be discharged on completion
    • 17. release (a party) from a contract or obligation:

      the insurer is discharged from liability from the day of breach
      Synonym : release, liberate, free, set free, let go, let out, allow to leave, set/let/turn loose, acquit, clear, absolve, pardon, exonerate, reprieve, exculpate, deliver, spare, exempt, emancipate, let off (the hook), manumit
    • 18. relieve (a bankrupt) of liability.

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: discharge, plural noun: discharges

    • v.: verb: discharge, 3rd person present: discharges, gerund or present participle: discharging, past tense: discharged, past participle: discharged

    • verb

      tell (someone) officially that they can or must leave a place or situation.

      allow (a patient) to leave hospital because they are judged fit:

    • noun

      the action of discharging someone from a hospital or from the armed forces or police:

      an act of releasing someone from the custody or restraint of the law:

    • noun

      discharge from military service with a favorable record:
    • noun

      the dismissal of someone from the armed forces as a result of criminal or morally unacceptable actions.
    • noun

      a tube containing charged electrodes and filled with a gas in which ionization is induced by an electric field. The gas molecules emit light as they return to the ground state.
    • noun

      a lamp in which the light is produced by a discharge tube.
    • noun

      a luminous sparkless electrical discharge from a pointed conductor in a gas at low pressure.
    • noun

      an order made by a criminal court whereby an offender will not be sentenced for an offence unless a further offence is committed within a stated period.
    • noun

      a broad electrical discharge from a conductor occurring when the potential difference is high but not sufficient for a spark or arc.
    • noun

      discharge from military service with a favourable record:
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