discharge

verb (discharged, discharging)

verb (t) /dɪsˈtʃadʒ / (say dis'chahj)
1. to relieve of a charge or load; unload (a ship, etc.).
2. to remove, send forth, or get rid of (a charge, lead, etc.).
3. to fire; shoot: discharge a gun.
4. to pour forth, as water.
5. to have (fluid) seeping or flowing out.
6. to relieve oneself of (an obligation, etc.).
7. to relieve of obligation, responsibility, etc.: *Judge John Barlow discharged the 12-member jury after it failed to reach a verdict last night. –west australian, 1992.
8. to fulfil, perform, or execute (a duty, function, etc.).
9. to relieve or deprive of office, employment, etc.; dismiss from service.
10. (sometimes followed by from) to send away or allow to go: *After he was discharged from hospital, Boucher went on a strict diet –sunday herald, 1989.
11. to pay (a debt).
12. Law
a. to terminate (an obligation): to discharge a debt by payment.
b. to release (someone) from an obligation.
13. Electricity to rid (something) of a charge of electricity: a short circuit may discharge a battery.
14. Dyeing to free from a dye, as by chemical bleaching.
verb (i) /dɪsˈtʃadʒ / (say dis'chahj)
15. to get rid of a burden or load.
16. to deliver a charge or load.
17. to come or pour forth.
18. (of a wound, sore, etc.) to have fluid seeping or flowing out.
19. to blur; run.
20. Electricity to lose, or give up, a charge of electricity.
noun /ˈdɪstʃadʒ / (say 'dischahj)
21. the act of discharging a ship, load, etc.
22. act of firing a missile weapon, as a bow by drawing and releasing the string, or a gun by exploding the charge of powder.
23. a sending or coming forth, as of water from a pipe; ejection; emission.
24. rate or amount of issue.
25. something discharged or emitted.
26. fluid matter discharged from a part of the body, a wound, or from a sore.
27. a relieving or ridding, or a getting rid, of something of the nature of a charge.
28. Law
a. the termination of an obligation.
b. a release from an obligation.
29. a relieving or being relieved of obligation or liability; the fulfilling of an obligation.
30. the payment of a debt.
31. release or dismissal from office, employment, etc.
32. a certificate of release, as from obligation or liability.
33. Electricity
a. the withdrawing or transference of an electric charge.
b. the equalisation of the difference of potential between two terminals or the like.
34. Electricitygas discharge.
{Middle English descharge(n), from Old French deschargier. See dis-1, charge}
dischargeable, adjective
discharger, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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