›[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]HRif a company or organization discharges an employee, it makes them leave their job: discharge sb for sthSeveral of the directors were later discharged for mismanaging shareholder funds. → Comparefire
›[T]LAW, FINANCEto 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 debtBankruptcy laws generally won't let people discharge their student loan debt. → Comparedischarge in bankruptcy
›[T]FINANCEto 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]ENVIRONMENTif 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 sthThe mine has a federal permit to discharge mine wastewater into the river.
›[I or T]TRANSPORTto take goods off a ship or plane or to allow passengers to get off: It took a whole day to discharge the ship.