Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “discharge”

discharge

verb
 
 
/dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ/
[T] to give someone an official order or legal permission to end their duty in the army, a court, a prison, etc.: The judge discharged the jury and ordered a retrial. He was honourably discharged from the Army three years ago.
[T] HR if a company or organization discharges an employee, it makes them leave their job: discharge sb for sth Several of the directors were later discharged for mismanaging shareholder funds. → Compare fire
[T] LAW, FINANCE to give a bankrupt person legal permission to stop owing a particular debt: discharge a bankrupt First-time bankrupts are typically discharged automatically after 12 months.discharge a debt Bankruptcy laws generally won't let people discharge their student loan debt. → Compare discharge in bankruptcy
[T] FINANCE to pay the total amount owed for a debt, loan, payment, etc.: The company continues to discharge its loan repayment obligations in time.
[T] to do an official task or duty: discharge a duty/responsibility/obligation
[I or T] ENVIRONMENT if a business or factory discharges gas, chemicals, liquid waste, etc., it sends these substances into the air or water: Companies must be issued a permit from the EPA before they are allowed to discharge.discharge sth into sth The mine has a federal permit to discharge mine wastewater into the river.
[I or T] TRANSPORT to take goods off a ship or plane or to allow passengers to get off: It took a whole day to discharge the ship.
(Definition of discharge verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of discharge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “discharge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

scrumpy

an alcoholic drink made from apples

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More