Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

launch

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] launch pronunciation in British English /lɔːntʃ/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theylaunch
he/she/itlaunches
present participlelaunching
past tenselaunched
past participlelaunched
  1. 2
    to start a major activity such as a military attack, a public investigation, or a new career or project

    The police confirmed that an inquiry has been launched into the incident.

    launch someone on something:

    the man who launched him on a career in the music business

    1. a.
      to start selling a new product or service to the public

      The company announced it will launch a new version of its software in January.

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog