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Definition of discharge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈdɪstʃɑrdʒ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discharge
    he / she / it discharges
    past simple discharged
    -ing form discharging
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    from hospital/job
  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] discharge somebody (from something) to give someone official permission to leave a place or job; to make somebody leave a job Patients were being discharged from the hospital too early. She had discharged herself against medical advice. He was discharged from the army following his injury. She was discharged from the police force for bad conduct.
  2. from prison/court
  3. 2[transitive, often passive] discharge somebody to allow someone to leave prison or court He was conditionally discharged after admitting to the theft.
  4. gas/liquid
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] when a gas or a liquid discharges or is discharged, or someone discharges it, it flows somewhere discharge (into something) The river is diverted through the power station before discharging into the sea. discharge something (into something) The factory was fined for discharging chemicals into the river.
  6. force/power
  7. 4[transitive, intransitive] discharge (something) (technology) to release force or power Lightning is caused by clouds discharging electricity.
  8. duty
  9. 5[transitive] discharge something (formal) to do everything that is necessary to perform and complete a particular duty to discharge your duties/ responsibilities/obligations to discharge a debt (= to pay it)
  10. gun
  11. 6[transitive] discharge something (formal) to fire a gun, etc.
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