dis|charge1 [dısˈtʃa:dʒ US -a:r-] v
1¦(send somebody away)¦
2¦(gas/liquid/smoke etc)¦
4¦(duty/responsibility/debt etc)¦
6¦(a wound)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: descharger, from Late Latin carricare 'to load']
to officially allow someone to leave somewhere, especially the hospital or the army, navy etc, or to tell them that they must leave
Hospitals now tend to discharge patients earlier than in the past.
The judge discharged the jury.
discharge sb from sth
Several of the recruits were discharged from the Army due to medical problems.
discharge yourself
BrE (=leave hospital before your treatment is complete)
conditionally discharge sb
BrE (=let someone leave prison if they obey particular rules)
Dunning was conditionally discharged for two years.
2.) ¦(GAS/LIQUID/SMOKE ETC)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
to send out gas, liquid, smoke etc, or to allow it to escape
discharge sth into sth
Sewage is discharged directly into the sea.
discharge into
Rainwater collects here and then discharges into the river Kennett.
3.) ¦(SHOOT)¦ [T] formal
to fire a gun or shoot an ↑arrow etc
A soldier accidentally discharged his weapon.
to do or pay what you have a duty to do or pay
discharge your duties/responsibilities/obligations etc
The trustees failed to discharge their duties properly.
5.) ¦(ELECTRICITY)¦ [I and T]
if a piece of electrical equipment discharges, or if it is discharged, it sends out electricity
6.) ¦(A WOUND)¦ [I and T]
if a wound or body part discharges a substance such as ↑pus (=infected liquid) , the substance slowly comes out of it
7.) ¦(GOODS/PASSENGERS)¦ [T] formal
to take goods or passengers off a ship, plane etc
discharge 2
dis|charge2 [ˈdıstʃa:dʒ US -tʃa:rdʒ] n formal
1.) [U]
when you officially allow someone to leave somewhere, especially the hospital or their job in the army, navy etc
discharge from
Nurses visit the mother and baby for two weeks after their discharge from the hospital.
2.) [U and C]
when gas, liquid, smoke etc is sent out, or the substance that is sent out
discharge of
the discharge of toxic waste into the sea
3.) [U and C]
when a substance slowly comes out of a wound or part of your body, or the substance that comes out
4.) [U and C]
electricity that is sent out by a piece of equipment, a storm etc
5.) [U]
when someone performs a duty or pays a debt
discharge of
the discharge of the college's legal responsibilities
6.) [U]
when someone shoots a gun

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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