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Definition of launch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they launch
    he / she / it launches
    past simple launched
    -ing form launching
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  1. 1launch something to start an activity, especially an organized one to launch an appeal/an investigation/a campaign to launch an attack/invasion
  2. 2launch something to make a product available to the public for the first time a party to launch his latest novel The new model will be launched in July.
  3. 3launch something to put a ship or boat into the water, especially one that has just been built The Navy is to launch a new warship today. The lifeboat was launched immediately.
  4. 4launch something to send something such as a spacecraft, weapon, etc. into space, into the sky, or through water to launch a communications satellite to launch a missile/rocket/torpedo
  5. 5launch yourself at, from, etc. something launch yourself forward, etc. to jump forward with a lot of force Without warning he launched himself at me. (figurative) She launched herself on the rock world with an amazing album.
  6. 6launch something (computing) to start a computer program You can launch programs and documents from your keyboard. It's not the fastest way to launch an application.
  7. Phrasal Verbslaunch into somethinglaunch out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: launch