discharge - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which someone is allowed to leave an institution such as a hospital, a prison, or the army
    discharge from:

    Many patients require ongoing care after discharge from hospital.

    Jack was given an early discharge from the army after being severely wounded in battle.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a situation in which someone who has been accused of a crime is judged to be not guilty and officially allowed to leave prison or a court of law
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] liquid or gas that comes out of a place, or the process of coming out into water or the air
    discharge from:

    The authorities are particularly concerned about discharges from nuclear power stations.

    discharge of:

    a discharge of oil into the River Tees

    1. a.
      medical a liquid that comes out from a part of someone’s body when they are ill

      a vaginal/nasal discharge

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the act of performing a duty or responsibility

    You will be responsible for the efficient discharge of your duties.

  4. 4
    [singular] formal the act of firing a weapon
  5. 5
    [singular] formal the payment of money that you owe
  6. 6
    [countable/uncountable] physics the flow of electricity, for example from a piece of equipment or during a storm