Definition of discharge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstʃɑːrdʒ//
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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/vaginal discharge (= from the nose/ vagina)
  2. from hospital/job
  3. 2[uncountable, countable] discharge (from something) the act of officially allowing somebody, or of telling somebody, to leave somewhere, especially somebody in a hospital or the army
  4. of duty
  5. 3[uncountable] 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.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘relieve of (an obligation)’): from Old French descharger, from late Latin discarricare ‘unload’, from dis- (expressing reversal) + carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.Extra examples He was given an absolute discharge but banned from driving for twelve months. a thick discharge from the nose an accidental discharge from a dropped gun thunder and lightning caused by an electrical discharge His quick discharge came as a surprise to everyone. The illness resulted in his discharge from the army. The magistrate gave her a 12-month conditional discharge. the discharge of debts/​obligations
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