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Noun: discharge  'dis,chaa(r)j
  1. The sudden giving off of energy
     
  2. The act of venting
    - venting
     
  3. A substance that is emitted or released
    - emission
     
  4. Any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body
    "the discharge of pus";
    - emission, expelling
     
  5. Electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
    - spark, arc, electric arc, electric discharge
     
  6. The pouring forth of a fluid
    - outpouring, run
     
  7. The termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    - dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking, chuck [Brit], severance, heave-ho
     
  8. A formal written statement of relinquishment
    - release, waiver
     
  9. The act of discharging a gun
    - firing, firing off
Verb: discharge  'dis,chaa(r)j
  1. Carry out, fulfil
    "discharge one's duties";
    - dispatch, complete
     
  2. Pour forth or release
    "discharge liquids"
     
  3. Release from obligations or duties
    - free
     
  4. Remove the charge from
     
  5. Go off or discharge
    "The gun discharged";
    - fire, go off
     
  6. Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    "The suspect was discharged of the murder charges";
    - acquit, assoil [archaic], clear, exonerate, exculpate
     
  7. Eliminate (a substance)
    "combustion products are discharged in the engine";
    - exhaust, expel, eject, release
     
  8. Leave at a destination; remove from a transport container
    - drop, drop off, set down, put down, unload
     
  9. Cause to go off
    "discharge a gun";
    - fire
     
  10. Release from military service
    - muster out
     
  11. Become empty or void of its content
    - empty
     
  12. (medicine) allow a patient to leave hospital

Derived forms: discharges, discharging, discharged

Type of: accomplish, action, activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process, carry out, carry through, change state, conclusion, deliver, distribute, electrical conduction, emanation, emission, ending, execute, flow, flowing, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], happening, judge, label, let go, let go of, material, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, pronounce, release, relinquish, relinquishing, relinquishment, remove, shooting, shot, spread, stuff, take, take away, termination, turn, withdraw

Antonym: charge, enlist

Encyclopedia: Discharge