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Definition of 'discharge'


  1. the sudden giving off of energy
  2. the act of venting
       Synonyms: venting
  3. a substance that is emitted or released
       Synonyms: emission
  4. any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus"
       Synonyms: emission expelling
  5. electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
       Synonyms: spark arc electric arc electric discharge
  6. the pouring forth of a fluid
       Synonyms: outpouring run
  7. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
       Synonyms: dismissal dismission firing liberation release sack sacking
  8. a formal written statement of relinquishment
       Synonyms: release waiver
  9. the act of discharging a gun
       Synonyms: firing firing off


  1. complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"
       Synonyms: dispatch complete
  2. pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
  3. eliminate (substances) from the body
       Synonyms: expel eject release
  4. free from obligations or duties
       Synonyms: free
  5. remove the charge from
       Antonyms: charge
  6. go off or discharge; "The gun fired"
       Synonyms: fire go off
  7. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
       Synonyms: acquit assoil clear exonerate exculpate
       Antonyms: convict
  8. leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo;
       Synonyms: drop drop off set down put down unload
  9. cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
       Synonyms: fire
  10. release from military service
       Synonyms: muster out
       Antonyms: enlist draft muster in
  11. become empty or void of its content; "The room emptied"
       Synonyms: empty
       Antonyms: fill fill up

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