dis|charge1 [ `dıs,tʃardʒ, dıs`tʃardʒ ] verb **
▸ 1 allow/force someone to leave
▸ 2 let liquid/gas leave
▸ 3 perform a duty
▸ 4 fire a weapon
▸ 5 pay what you owe
▸ 6 when electricity flows
1. ) transitive usually passive to be officially allowed or forced to leave an institution such as a hospital, a prison, or the army:
The child was taken to the hospital but was later discharged.
discharge someone from something: After he was discharged from the army, he had intended to return to the world of teaching.
a ) if someone who has been accused of a crime is discharged, they are judged to be not guilty and officially allowed to leave prison or a court of law:
Baker was discharged after the evidence against her was found to be flawed.
b ) to allow or force someone to leave an official job or position:
Judge Richard Groves discharged the jury after it had reached a verdict.
Mr. Givens was discharged from the committee and replaced by Mr. Benton.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to allow liquid or gas to leave a place, especially when this has harmful effects:
Many cities discharge their sewage into the ocean without treating it at all.
The mercury had been discharged from a local chemical plant.
3. ) transitive FORMAL to do everything that needs to be done to perform a duty or responsibility
4. ) transitive FORMAL to fire a weapon
5. ) transitive FORMAL to pay what you owe to someone:
discharge a debt: He died owing the bank $10,000, and his widow was unable to discharge the debt.
6. ) intransitive or transitive SCIENCE if something discharges electricity or if it is discharged, it flows out of that thing
dis|charge 2 [ `dıs,tʃardʒ, dıs`tʃa:dʒ ] noun **
▸ 1 when someone may leave
▸ 2 liquid/gas that leaves
▸ 3 carrying out of duty
▸ 4 act of firing weapon
▸ 5 payment of money owed
▸ 6 flow of electricity
1. ) count or uncount a situation in which someone is allowed to leave an institution such as a hospital, a prison, or the army:
discharge from: Many patients require continued care after discharge from the hospital.
Jack was given an early discharge from the army after being severely wounded in battle.
a ) a situation in which someone who has been accused of a crime is judged to be not guilty and officially allowed to leave prison or a court of law
2. ) count or uncount liquid or gas that comes out of a place, or the process of coming out into water or the air:
discharge from: The authorities are particularly concerned about discharges from nuclear power plants.
discharge of: a discharge of oil into the Missouri River
a ) a liquid that comes out from a part of someone's body when they are sick:
a vaginal/nasal discharge
3. ) uncount the act of performing a duty or responsibility:
You will be responsible for the efficient discharge of your duties.
4. ) singular FORMAL the act of firing a weapon
5. ) singular FORMAL the payment of money that you owe
6. ) count or uncount SCIENCE the flow of electricity, for example from a piece of equipment or during a storm

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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