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discharge

noun     /ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ/
[C] FINANCE the end of a debt , or an official order that ends someone’s duty to pay a debt : Bankrupts must undergo credit counselling before receiving a discharge of their debts . loan discharges and cancellations
[C or U] ENVIRONMENT a waste substance that is sent into the air or water from a factory or business : $1 billion was spent to reduce the plant’s mercury discharge.
[U] formal HR an official order that ends someone’s job : He sued the company for wrongful discharge.
[C or U] an official order or legal permission to leave your duty in the army , a court , a prison , etc.: honourable/dishonourable discharge If convicted , his sentence will include a reduction in rank to private and a dishonourable discharge.
[U] formal the act of doing a task or duty that you must do: discharge of duties/responsibilities Employees found to have committed any breaches in the discharge of their duties will be reprimanded .
[U] TRANSPORT the job or activity of getting goods or passengers off a ship or plane : The west docks are used for the loading and discharge of cargo .
→ See also order of discharge
(Definition of discharge noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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