discharge

To discharge is to fire a gun or an employee, or to set someone free from a hospital or jail. You'd probably like being discharged from jail, but not from your job, unless you really hate it.

As a verb, discharge is β€œto release,” and as a noun, it refers to the act of or setting free. You'd be discharged from the hospital once the discharge from your wound has stopped. Ew. The writer Ambrose Bierce jokingly defined emotion as "a prostrating disease caused by a determination of the heart to the head. It is sometimes accompanied by a copious discharge of hydrated chloride of sodium from the eyes.” Wouldn't want to cry in front of that guy!

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: discharge

1
vn
remove the charge from
the sudden giving off of energy
2
vn
pour forth or release
any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body
3
vn
free from obligations or duties
a formal written statement of relinquishment
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v
complete or carry out
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: discharge
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v remove the charge from

Antonyms:
charge
fill or load to capacity
charge
saturate
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Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v leave or unload

Synonyms:
drop, drop off, put down, set down, unload
Types:
wharf
discharge at a wharf
air-drop
drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
Type of:
deliver
bring to a destination, make a delivery

v go off or discharge

Synonyms:
fire, go off

v cause to go off

Synonyms:
fire
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pop
fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise
let drive, let fly, loose off
fire as from a gun
blast, shoot
fire a shot
fusillade
attack with fusillade
blaze, blaze away
shoot rapidly and repeatedly
overshoot
shoot beyond or over (a target)
sharpshoot, snipe
aim and shoot with great precision
fire, open fire
start firing a weapon
gun
shoot with a gun
pump
deliver forth

n the sudden giving off of energy

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electrical discharge
a discharge of electricity
blowup, detonation, explosion
a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
eruption, volcanic eruption
the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge of steam and volcanic material
impulse, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse
the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber
spike
a transient variation in voltage or current
Plinian eruption
a volcanic eruption in which a stream of gas and ash is violently ejected to a height of several miles
airburst
an explosion in the atmosphere
blast
an explosion (as of dynamite)
backfire
a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
big bang
(cosmology) the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe
backfire, blowback
the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
fragmentation
the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes
inflation
(cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
atmospheric electricity
electrical discharges in the atmosphere
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

Synonyms:
arc, electric arc, electric discharge, spark
Types:
brush discharge
discharge between electrodes creating visible streamers of ionized particles
Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire, corona, corona discharge, corposant, electric glow
an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
flashover
an unintended electric discharge (as over or around an insulator)
Type of:
electrical conduction
the passage of electricity through a conductor

n the act of discharging a gun

Synonyms:
firing, firing off
Types:
gun
the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies
Type of:
shooting, shot
the act of firing a projectile
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v pour forth or release

discharge liquids”
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eject, force out, squeeze out, squirt
cause to come out in a squirt
disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
distribute loosely
play
discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
volley
discharge in, or as if in, a volley
spritz
eject (a liquid) quickly
spray
scatter in a mass or jet of droplets
spray
be discharged in sprays of liquid
plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
dash a liquid upon or against
splash, splosh, sprinkle
cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
extravasate
force out or cause to escape from a proper vessel or channel
bespangle
dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects
aerosolise, aerosolize
disperse as an aerosol
Type of:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely

v eliminate (a substance)

Synonyms:
eject, exhaust, expel, release
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cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up
discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
blow
free of obstruction by blowing air through
ejaculate
eject semen
abort
terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion
ovulate
produce and discharge eggs
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body
bleed, hemorrhage, shed blood
lose blood from one's body
eruct, spew, spew out
eject or send out in large quantities, also metaphorical
fester, maturate, suppurate
ripen and generate pus
breathe, emit, pass off
expel (gases or odors)
belch, bubble, burp, eruct
expel gas from the stomach
force out
emit or cause to move with force of effort
emanate, exhale, give forth
give out (breath or an odor)
cough
exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
miscarry
suffer a miscarriage
flow, menstruate
undergo menstruation
perspire, sudate, sweat
excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
make, make water, micturate, pass water, pee, pee-pee, piddle, piss, puddle, relieve oneself, spend a penny, take a leak, urinate, wee, wee-wee
eliminate urine
urinate
pass after the manner of urine
empty, evacuate, void
excrete or discharge from the body
ca-ca, crap, defecate, make, shit, stool, take a crap, take a shit
have a bowel movement
barf, be sick, cast, cat, chuck, disgorge, honk, puke, purge, regorge, regurgitate, retch, sick, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up
eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spit, spue
expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
spit out, splutter, sputter
spit up in an explosive manner
radiate
send out real or metaphoric rays
bubble
form, produce, or emit bubbles

v become empty or void of its content

Synonyms:
empty
Antonyms:
fill, fill up
become full
Types:
flow away, flow off
flow off or away gradually
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

n any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body

“the discharge of pus”
Synonyms:
emission, expelling
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ejaculation
the discharge of semen in males
elimination, evacuation, excreting, excretion, voiding
the bodily process of discharging waste matter
catamenia, flow, menses, menstruation, menstruum, period
the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
defecation, laxation, shitting
the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
incontinence, incontinency
involuntary urination or defecation
hypermenorrhea, menorrhagia
abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation; can be a symptom of uterine tumors and can lead to anemia if prolonged
micturition, urination
the discharge of urine
nocturnal emission
ejaculation during sleep (usually during a dream)
oligomenorrhea
abnormally light or infrequent menstruation
premature ejaculation
ejaculation during the early stages of sexual excitement or soon after the insertion of the penis into the vagina
Type of:
activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
an organic process that takes place in the body

n a substance that is emitted or released

Synonyms:
emission
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exudate, exudation
a substance that oozes out from plant pores
transudate, transudation
a substance that transudes
effluvium
a foul-smelling outflow or vapor (especially a gaseous waste)
rheum
a watery discharge from the mucous membranes (especially from the eyes or nose)
vaginal discharge
discharge of secretions from the cervical glands of the vagina; normally clear or white
gum
any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
latex
a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air
Type of:
material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

n the pouring forth of a fluid

Synonyms:
outpouring, run
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jet, spirt, spurt, squirt
the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
escape, leak, leakage, outflow
the discharge of a fluid from some container
spray
a jet of vapor
spritz
a quick squirt of some liquid (usually carbonated water)
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n the act of venting

Synonyms:
venting
Type of:
emanation, emission
the act of emitting; causing to flow forth
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v free from obligations or duties

Synonyms:
free
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disinvest, divest
deprive of status or authority
relieve, take over
free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
cut
discharge from a group
clear
free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
cashier
discharge with dishonor, as in the army
liberate, set free
grant freedom to
disembroil, disentangle, disinvolve
free from involvement or entanglement
dethrone
remove a monarch from the throne
spell
relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
defrock, unfrock
divest of the frock; of church officials
affranchise, enfranchise
grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
emancipate, manumit
free from slavery or servitude
decolonise, decolonize
grant independence to (a former colony)

v pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

Synonyms:
acquit, assoil, clear, exculpate, exonerate
Antonyms:
convict
find or declare guilty
Types:
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
whitewash
exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
purge
clear of a charge
Type of:
judge, label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on

v release from military service

Synonyms:
muster out
Antonyms:
draft, enlist, muster in
engage somebody to enter the army
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deactivate
remove from active military status or reassign
demob, demobilise, demobilize
retire from military service
demobilise, demobilize, inactivate
release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
cannon
fire a cannon
Type of:
let go, let go of, release, relinquish
release, as from one's grip

n a formal written statement of relinquishment

Synonyms:
release, waiver
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exemption, granting immunity, immunity
an act exempting someone
fix
an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear
official immunity
personal immunity accorded to a public official from liability to anyone injured by actions that are the consequence of exerting official authority
sovereign immunity
an exemption that precludes bringing a suit against the sovereign government without the government's consent
testimonial immunity, use immunity
an exemption that displaces the privilege against self-incrimination; neither compelled testimony or any fruits of it can be used against the witness who therefore can no longer fear self-incrimination
Type of:
relinquishing, relinquishment
the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.

n the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

Synonyms:
dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking
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superannuation
the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
conge, congee
an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
removal
dismissal from office
deactivation, inactivation
breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
honorable discharge
a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
dishonorable discharge
a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
Section Eight
a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
purge
an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something
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v complete or carry out

discharge one's duties”
Synonyms:
complete, dispatch
Type of:
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect

WORD FORMS

vvvv
remove the unbalanced electricity from
pour forth or release
free from obligations or duties
complete or carry out
1 discharge
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the sudden giving off of energy
a bodily process by which a substance goes out of the body
a formal written statement of relinquishment
2 discharge
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