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launch

noun [C] uk   /lɔːntʃ/  us   /lɑːntʃ/

launch noun [C] (EVENT)

C1 an event to celebrate or introduce something new: How much champagne will we need for the launch? Illness prevented her attending the launch party for her latest novel.
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launch noun [C] (LEAVE LAND)

C1 an occasion when a ship is put into water, or a spacecraft is sent into space, for the first time: The launch of the space shuttle was delayed for 24 hours because of bad weather.

launch noun [C] (BOAT)

a boat that has an engine and carries passengers for short distances, especially on a lake or a river, or from the land to a larger boat

launch

verb uk   /lɔːntʃ/  us   /lɑːntʃ/

launch verb (BEGIN)

B2 [I or T] to begin something such as a plan or introduce something new such as a product: The programme was launched a year ago. The airline will launch its new transatlantic service next month. A devastating attack was launched on the rebel stronghold. [+ adv/prep] UK After working for the company for several years she decided to launch out on her own and set up in business.
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launch verb (SEND)

C1 [T] to send something out, such as a new ship into the water or a spacecraft into space: A spokesman for the dockyard said they hoped to launch the first submarine within two years. to launch a missilelaunch yourself mainly UK to jump with great force: The defender launched himself at the attacking player, bringing him to the ground.
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