Discharge - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪsˈtʃɑːrdʒ|  American pronunciation of the word discharge
Brit.  |dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word discharge


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


- complete or carry out (syn: complete, dispatch)
discharge one's duties
- pour forth or release
discharge liquids
- free from obligations or duties (syn: free)
- remove the charge from
- go off or discharge (syn: fire, go off)
- pronounce not guilty of criminal charges (syn: acquit, assoil, clear, exculpate, exonerate)
- eliminate (a substance) (syn: eject, exhaust, expel, release)
- remove (cargo, people, etc.) from and leave (syn: drop, drop off, put down, set down, unload)
- cause to go off (syn: fire)
- release from military service (syn: muster out)
- become empty or void of its content (syn: empty)

Extra examples

She's due to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.

We had to discharge several employees last week.

Thousands of soldiers were discharged after the war.

The judge discharged the jury.

The ship discharged missiles against enemy targets.

The gun failed to discharge.

The doctors approved her discharge from the hospital.

Several former employees are suing the company for wrongful discharge.

After his discharge from the military, he went to college to become a teacher.

The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle.

The buses discharged passengers within walking distance of the terminal.

The hunter discharged his gun into the air.

We feared he would discharge the bomb.

Suppose a chemical firm discharges a pollutant into a river.

The river Thames discharges itself into the sea some miles east of London.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: discharge
he/she/it: discharges
present participle: discharging
past tense: discharged
past participle: discharged
singular: discharge
plural: discharges
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