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verb discharge pronunciation in American English /ˈdɪsˌtʃɑrdʒ/discharge pronunciation in American English /dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydischarge
he/she/itdischarges
present participledischarging
past tensedischarged
past participledischarged
  1. 1
    [transitive] [usually passive] to be officially allowed or forced to leave an institution such as a hospital, a prison, or the army
    The child was taken to the hospital but was later discharged.
    discharge someone from something: After he was discharged from the army, he had intended to return to the world of teaching.
    1. a.
      if someone who has been accused of a crime is discharged, they are judged to be not guilty and officially allowed to leave prison or a court of law
      Baker was discharged after the evidence against her was found to be flawed.
    2. b.
      to allow or force someone to leave an official job or position
      Judge Richard Groves discharged the jury after it had reached a verdict.
      Mr. Givens was discharged from the committee and replaced by Mr. Benton.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to allow liquid or gas to leave a place, especially when this has harmful effects
    Many cities discharge their sewage into the ocean without treating it at all.
    The mercury had been discharged from a local chemical plant.
  3. 4
    [transitive] formal to fire a weapon
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  4. 5
    [transitive] formal to pay what you owe to someone
    discharge a debt: He died owing the bank $10,000, and his widow was unable to discharge the debt.

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