|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:
send somebody away[transitive]MH
Hospitals now tend to discharge patients earlier than in the past.
The judge discharged the jury.
discharge somebody from something
Several of the recruits were discharged from the Army due to medical problems.
discharge yourself British English (=leave hospital before your treatment is complete)
conditionally discharge somebody British English (=let someone leave prison if they obey particular rules)
Dunning was conditionally discharged for two years.
to send out gas, liquid, smoke etc, or to allow it to escape
gas/liquid/smoke etc[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
discharge something into something
Sewage is discharged directly into the sea.
Rainwater collects here and then discharges into the river Kennett.
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
duty/responsibility/debt etc[transitive] formalPGO
discharge your duties/responsibilities/obligations etc
The trustees failed to discharge their duties properly.
if a piece of electrical equipment discharges, or if it is discharged, it sends out electricity
electricity[intransitive and transitive]TEE
if a wound or body part discharges a substance such as pus (=infected liquid), the substance slowly comes out of it
a wound[intransitive and transitive]MI
to take goods or passengers off a ship, plane etc