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English definition of “launch”

launch

verb  /lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ/ us  

launch verb (SEND)

[T] to send something out, esp. a vehicle into space or a ship onto water: On the last shuttle mission, the crew launched a communications satellite.

launch verb (BEGIN)

[I/T] to begin, or to introduce a new plan or product: [T] We’re planning to launch a new Internet services company next month. [I always + adv/prep] He launched into a verbal attack on her handling of the finances.

launch

noun  /lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ/ us  

launch noun (BOAT)

[C] a large, open or partly enclosed motor boat

launch noun (BEGINNING)

[C usually sing] an introduction of a new plan or product: Frank went to the launch of Hibichu’s new flat-screen TV.

launch noun (SEND)

[C] an act of sending something out, esp. a vehicle into space or a ship onto water: The launch of the space shuttle was delayed by bad weather.
(Definition of launch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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