discharge Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “discharge” in the English Dictionary

"discharge" in British English

See all translations


uk   /dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ/  us   /-ˈtʃɑːrdʒ/
  • discharge verb (ALLOW TO LEAVE)

[T] to ​allow someone ​officially to ​leavesomewhere, ​especially a ​hospital or a ​lawcourt: Patients were discharged from the ​hospital because the ​beds were ​needed by other ​people. More than ​half of all ​prisoners discharged are reconvicted within two ​years.UK A ​peaceprotester was conditionally discharged for twelve ​months (= ​allowed to go ​free only if they do not ​commit a ​crime again for this ​period of ​time).
  • discharge verb (PERFORM)

[T] formal to ​perform a ​task, ​especially an ​official one: The ​city must discharge ​itslegal duty to ​house the ​homeless.discharge a debt formal to ​pay back a ​debtcompletely


uk   /ˈdɪs.tʃɑːdʒ/  us   /-tʃɑːrdʒ/
  • discharge noun (PERMISSION TO LEAVE)

[C or U] officialpermission to ​leave the ​armedforces, a ​prison, or a ​hospital: The ​soldier received a dishonourable discharge for a ​disciplinaryoffence.UK The ​judge gave him a one-year conditional discharge.
  • discharge noun (SUBSTANCE)

[C or U] the ​act of ​sending out ​wasteliquid or ​gas: Thousands of ​fish were ​killed as a ​result of a discharge ofpoisonouschemicals from a ​nearbyfactory. [C or U] liquidmatter that comes from a ​part of the ​body and is often ​infected: a ​vaginal discharge
(Definition of discharge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discharge" in American English

See all translations


 us   /dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ, ˈdɪs·tʃɑrdʒ/
  • discharge verb (ALLOW TO LEAVE)

[T] to ​allow someone to ​leave: Allen was discharged from the ​hospitalyesterday. [T] Someone who is discharged from a ​job is ​asked to ​leave it.
  • discharge verb (SEND OUT)

[I/T] to ​send out a ​substance, esp. ​wastematter: [I] The ​soapywater from the ​washingmachine will discharge ​directly into the ​wasteline.
  • discharge verb (SHOOT)

[I/T] to ​shoot a ​gun: [I] A ​gunaccidentally discharged.
  • discharge verb (PERFORM)

[T] fml to ​perform a duty, esp. an ​official one: He ​continued to discharge his duties as ​administrator of the ​fund.

dischargenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈdɪs·tʃɑrdʒ/
  • discharge noun [C/U] (LEAVING )

the ​act of ​asking or ​allowing someone to ​leave a ​place, esp. a ​job: [C] McCarthy ​held the ​rank of ​captain at the ​time of his discharge from the ​army.
  • discharge noun [C/U] (LIQUID)

the ​act of ​sending a ​liquid or ​gas out of something, or the ​substance that comes out: [C] an ​oily discharge A discharge is also ​liquidmatter that comes from a ​part of the ​body.
(Definition of discharge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"discharge" in Business English

See all translations


uk   us   /dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ/
[T] to give someone an ​officialorder or ​legalpermission 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 ​mismanagingshareholderfunds.
[T] LAW, FINANCE to give a ​bankruptpersonlegalpermission to ​stopowing a particular ​debt: discharge a bankrupt First-time ​bankrupts are typically discharged ​automatically after 12 months.discharge a debt Bankruptcy ​laws generally won't ​letpeople discharge their ​studentloandebt.
[T] FINANCE to ​pay the ​totalamountowed for a ​debt, ​loan, ​payment, etc.: The ​company continues to discharge its ​loanrepaymentobligations in ​time.
[T] to do an ​officialtask or ​duty: discharge a ​duty/​responsibility/​obligation
[I or T] ENVIRONMENT if a ​business or ​factory discharges ​gas, ​chemicals, ​liquidwaste, 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 ​federalpermit to discharge mine wastewater into the river.
[I or T] TRANSPORT to take ​goods off a ​ship or ​plane or to ​allowpassengers to get off: It took a whole day to discharge the ​ship.


uk   us   /ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ/
[C] FINANCE the end of a ​debt, or an ​officialorder that ​ends someone’s ​duty to ​pay a ​debt: Bankrupts must undergo ​creditcounselling 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 ​officialorder that ​ends someone’s ​job: He ​sued the ​company for wrongful discharge.
[C or U] an ​officialorder or ​legalpermission 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.
(Definition of discharge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of discharge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

new wave

people who are doing activities in a new and different way

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More