Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
discharge

dis·charge

discharge

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun), Word Explorer
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: dihs charj [or] dIs charj
inflections: discharged, discharges, discharging
definition 1: to shoot or emit.
They discharged a cannon at the fort.These grenades discharge tear gas.
synonyms:
emit, fire, shoot
antonyms:
absorb
similar words:
detonate, eject, empty, expel, explode, fume, gun, issue, launch, send, trigger, vent, void, well
definition 2: to perform (a duty) or carry out (an obligation or responsibility).
It was a dangerous mission, but the soldiers discharged their duty with courage.
synonyms:
accomplish, carry out, execute, fulfill, perform
similar words:
complete, consummate, do, effect, expedite, finish, settle, transact
definition 3: to dismiss (an employee or the like).
He was discharged from his job at the bank.
synonyms:
dismiss, fire, terminate
antonyms:
engage, hire, recruit
similar words:
ax, bounce, can, cashier, lay off, oust, release, remove, retire, sack
definition 4: to release (a prisoner, hospital patient, or the like).
The doctors found nothing wrong with her, and she was discharged from the hospital.
synonyms:
dismiss, release
antonyms:
admit, confine, hospitalize, imprison, incarcerate
similar words:
free, liberate
definition 5: to pay (a debt).
He felt relieved after he discharged his debt.
synonyms:
liquidate, pay, settle
antonyms:
incur
similar words:
extinguish, pay off, redeem, repay, requite, satisfy
definition 6: to unload, empty, or release.
The ship discharged its catch of fish.The factory discharged smoke into the air.
synonyms:
empty, unload
antonyms:
load
similar words:
disburden, exhaust, release, remove, vent, void, well
definition 7: to cause to lose or release (an electric charge).
antonyms:
charge
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: dihs charj [or] dIs charj
definition 1: to get rid of a load or release contents.
a waste bin that discharges into an incinerator
synonyms:
empty, unload
antonyms:
load
similar words:
disgorge
definition 2: to fire something such as a weapon.
synonyms:
fire, shoot
similar words:
gun, loose, pop
definition 3: to lose or release an electrical charge.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: dIs charj
definition 1: the act of firing a weapon or projectile.
His accidental discharge of the gun caused serious injury to a police officer.
synonyms:
detonation, firing, shot
similar words:
fusillade, issue, pop, salvo, volley
definition 2: the act or an instance of ejecting or emitting.
Discharge of waste into the river is now prohibited.
synonyms:
ejection, emission, issue
similar words:
expulsion, secretion, suppuration
definition 3: something ejected or emitted, or the rate or amount of emission.
Discharge from the factory can be smelled in the air.
synonyms:
emission
similar words:
flow, fume, secretion, waste
definition 4: the release from an obligation or duty.
synonyms:
exoneration
antonyms:
charge
similar words:
absolution, layoff, manumission, pardon, release, reprieve
definition 5: a release or dismissal from military service, or the document thereof.
After his discharge from the army, he found it difficult to find adjust to civilian life.
synonyms:
demobilization
similar words:
dismissal, release, walking papers
definition 6: the act of unloading, emptying, or releasing contents, or the contents so unloaded or released.
synonyms:
unloading
similar words:
removal, transfer
definition 7: the release, transfer, or loss of an electric charge.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivations: dischargeable (adj.), discharger (n.)
Word Explorer
See
  electricity, weapon