1 verb
1 SEND SB AWAY (T) to officially allow a person to go or send them away, especially after being ill in hospital or working in the army, navy etc
(+ from): I think Oliver gets discharged from the RAF in August. | discharge yourself (=leave hospital before your treatment is complete)
2 LET STH OUT (intransitive always + adv/prep, transitive) to send out gas, liquid, smoke etc, or allow it to escape
(+ into): pollutants being discharged into the atmosphere
3 SHOOT (T) to fire a gun or shoot an arrow (1) etc
4 discharge a duty/promise/responsibility etc formal to do properly everything that is part of a particular duty etc: the failure of the council to discharge its duty
5 discharge a debt formal to pay a debt
6 GOODS/PASSENGERS (T) to unload goods or passengers from a ship, plane etc
7 ELECTRICITY (I, T) if a piece of electrical equipment discharges or is discharged, it sends out electricity
8 A WOUND (I, T) to send out pus (=infected liquid)
2 noun
1 (U) the action of allowing someone to go away, especially someone who has been ill in hospital or working in the army, navy etc
(+ from): Patents' needs after discharge from hospital will be monitored. —see also: dishonourable discharge
2 (C, U) the act of sending out gas, liquid, smoke etc, or the substance that is sent out
(+ of): the discharge of toxic waste into the sea | nasal/vaginal discharge (=a thick liquid that comes out of someone's nose or vagina because of illness)
3 (C, U) electricity that is sent out by a piece of equipment, a storm etc
4 (uncountable + of) the act of doing a duty or paying a debt: the discharge of the college's legal responsibilities

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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