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discharge

verb [T] (ALLOW TO LEAVE)    /dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ/ US  /-ˈtʃɑːrdʒ/
to allow someone officially to leave somewhere, especially a hospital or a law court: Patients were discharged from hospital because the beds were needed by other people. A peace protester was conditionally discharged for twelve months (= allowed to go free only if they do not commit a crime again for this period of time). More than half of all prisoners discharged are reconvicted within two years.Not punishing and reducing punishmentLiberating, relaxing and releasing
(Definition of discharge verb (ALLOW TO LEAVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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