dischargedis‧charge1 /dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ $ -ɑːr-/ ●○○ verb1send somebody away [transitive]MHLEAVE A JOB OR ORGANIZATION to officially allow someone to leave somewhere, especially the hospital or the army, navy etc, or to tell them that they must leaveHospitals now tend to discharge patients earlier than in the past.The judge discharged the jury.discharge somebody from somethingSeveral 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.2gas/liquid/smoke etc [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]SEND to send out gas, liquid, smoke etc, or to allow it to escapedischarge something into somethingSewage is discharged directly into the sea.discharge intoRainwater collects here and then discharges into the river Kennett.3shoot [transitive]PMWSHOOT formal to fire a gun or shoot an arrow etcA soldier accidentally discharged his weapon.4duty/responsibility/debt etc [transitive] formalPGODO WELL to do or pay what you have a duty to do or paydischarge your duties/responsibilities/obligations etcThe trustees failed to discharge their duties properly.5electricity [intransitive, transitive]TEESEND if a piece of electricalequipmentdischarges, or if it is discharged, it sends out electricity6a wound [intransitive, transitive]MI if a wound or body part discharges a substance such as pus (=infected liquid), the substance slowly comes out of it7goods/passengers [transitive]TT formal to take goods or passengers off a ship, plane etc→ See Verb table
dischargedis‧charge2 /ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ $ -tʃɑːrdʒ/ noun formal1[uncountable]MHLEAVE A JOB OR ORGANIZATION when you officially allow someone to leave somewhere, especially the hospital or their job in the army, navy etcdischarge fromNurses visit the mother and baby for two weeks after their discharge from the hospital. →dishonourable discharge, honorable discharge2[countable, uncountable]SEND when gas, liquid, smoke etc is sent out, or the substance that is sent outdischarge ofthe discharge of toxic waste into the sea3[countable, uncountable] when a substance slowly comes out of a wound or part of your body, or the substance that comes out4[countable, uncountable]TEESEND electricity that is sent out by a piece of equipment, a storm etc5[uncountable]SHOULD/OUGHT TO when someone performs a duty or pays a debtdischarge ofthe discharge of the college’s legal responsibilities6[uncountable] when someone shoots a gun
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discharge• Relief often comes with a discharge such as the menses or a nasal discharge etc.• Hugegaps were torn in the Confederateline at every discharge.• Secondly, patients in hospital may also avoidhastydischarge to residential or care homes if they facemeans tested charges.• Tony wanted to get married as soon as he got his discharge from the army.• Pain and a nasal discharge may mean the patient has a sinusinfection.• But, the discharge having occurred, it takes time for such another potential to accumulate.• the discharge of a firearm• Patients with generalizedepilepsy often show generalized spike and wavedischarges.discharge from• After his discharge from the army, Jim got married.discharge of• The discharge ofharmfulchemicals into drinking water is banned.From Longman Business Dictionarydischargedis‧charge1 /dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ-ɑːrdʒ/ verb1[transitive] to officially allow or tell someone to leave hospital, the army, a job etcThe men were treated for minor injuries and discharged.He was discharged from the RAF last August.2HUMAN RESOURCES [transitive] to remove someone from their jobIn December, the airline discharged 49 employees and said it might need to make further cuts.3discharge a duty/responsibility/function etc formal to do properly everything that is part of a particular duty etcThe committee said that the Bank had failed to discharge its supervisory duties.4discharge a debt/claim/liability etcLAW to completely pay an amount that is owedThe payment of £4,000 together with the monthly sum of £1,000 was not enough to discharge in full the invoice for January’s work.5[intransitive, transitive] to send out gas, liquid, smoke etc, or allow it to escapeGas leaked from the tanker as it discharged crude oil at the refinery.pollutants being discharged into the atmosphere6[intransitive, transitive]TRANSPORT to take goods off a ship, plane etc SYN UNLOADThe ship discharged the 2,911-tonne cargo of 330 concrete-coated steel pipes in less than a day.7[transitive]LAW to state officially that someone who was bankrupt has obeyed the court and can do business again→ See Verb tabledischargedis‧charge2 /ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ-ɑːrdʒ/ noun1[countable, uncountable] when someone is officially allowed or told to leave hospital, the army, a job etcThe organization helps ex-servicemen and their dependants following discharge from the forces.2[countable, uncountable] when someone is removed from their jobHe threatened to sue the firm for wrongful discharge.3[uncountable] formal when someone performs a duty, responsibility etc properly and thoroughlyAlthough we do not consider Mr Gray’s conduct to have been dishonest, the discharge of his responsibilities as company secretary was most unsatisfactory.4[uncountable]LAWINSURANCE when an amount such as a debt or money claimed on an insurancepolicy is completely paidthe residue of the estate after the discharge of all debts and liabilities5[countable, uncountable] when gas, liquid, smoke etc is sent out or allowed to escapethe discharge of toxic waste into the sea£1 billion has been spent to control sewage discharges.6[countable, uncountable]TRANSPORT when goods are taken off a ship, plane etc SYN UNLOADINGChecking the discharge of cargo is part of my job.