v. [[t]dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ[/t]] n. [[t]ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ[/t]] v. -charged, -charg•ing, n.
1) to relieve of a charge or load; unload:
to discharge a ship[/ex]
2) to remove or send forth:
They discharged the cargo at New York[/ex]
3) mil to fire or shoot (a firearm or missile)
4) to pour forth; emit:
to discharge oil[/ex]
5) to relieve oneself of (an obligation, burden, etc.)
6) to relieve of obligation, responsibility, etc
7) to fulfill, perform, or execute (a duty, function, etc.)
8) to relieve or deprive of office, employment, etc.; dismiss from service
9) to release, send away, or allow to go (often fol. by from):
They discharged him from prison[/ex]
10) to pay (a debt)
11) law
a) to release (a defendant, esp. one under confinement)
b) to release (a bankrupt) from former debts
c) to cancel (a contract)
12) gov to order (a legislative committee) to cease further consideration of a bill so that it can be voted on
13) elm to rid (a battery, capacitor, etc.) of a charge of electricity
14) tex to release or remove (dye or color) from a textile, as by chemical bleaching
15) to get rid of a burden or load
16) to deliver a charge or load
17) to pour forth
18) cvb mil to go off or fire, as a firearm or missile
19) tex to blur or run, as a color or dye
20) elm to lose or give up a charge of electricity
21) the act of discharging a ship, load, etc
22) mil the act of firing a weapon, as a gun, by exploding the charge of powder
23) hyd a sending or coming forth, as of water from a pipe; ejection; emission
24) the rate or amount of such issue
25) something sent forth or emitted
26) a relieving, ridding, or getting rid of something of the nature of a charge
27) law
a) an acquittal or exoneration
b) an annulment, as of a court order
c) the freeing of one held under legal process
28) a relieving or being relieved of obligation or liability; fulfillment of an obligation
29) the payment of a debt
30) a release or dismissal, as from prison, an office, or employment
31) a certificate of such a release or a certificate of release from obligation or liability
32) mil
a) the separation of a person from military service
b) a certificate of such separation
33) elm
a) the removal or transference of an electric charge, as by the conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy
b) the equalization of a difference of potential, as between two terminals
Etymology: 1300–50; ME deschargen < AF descharger, OF < LL discarricāre= dis- I+carricāre to load; see charge dis•charge′a•ble, adj. dis•charg′er, n. syn: See release

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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