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Definition of discharge noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of liquid/gas
  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the action of releasing a substance such as a liquid or gas; a substance that comes out from inside somewhere a ban on the discharge of toxic waste thunder and lightning caused by electrical discharges nasal discharge (= from the nose)
  2. from hospital/job
  3. 2[uncountable, countable] discharge (from something) the act of officially allowing someone, or of telling someone, to leave somewhere, especially someone in a hospital or the army
  4. of duty
  5. 3[uncountable] (formal) the act of performing a task or a duty or of paying money that is owed the discharge of debts/obligations Arrangements have been made for the discharge of mortgage payments.
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