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English noun: discharge

1. discharge (event) the sudden giving off of energy

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)blowup, detonation, electrical discharge, eruption, explosion, volcanic eruption

2. discharge (act) the act of venting


Broader (hypernym)emanation, emission

3. discharge (substance) a substance that is emitted or released


Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

Narrower (hyponym)effluvium, exudate, exudation, rheum, transudate, transudation, vaginal discharge

4. discharge (process) any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body

SamplesThe discharge of pus.

Synonymsemission, expelling

Broader (hypernym)activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process

Narrower (hyponym)catamenia, ejaculation, elimination, evacuation, excreting, excretion, flow, menses, menstruation, menstruum, period, voiding

5. discharge (phenomenon) electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

Synonymsarc, electric arc, electric discharge, spark

Broader (hypernym)electrical conduction

Narrower (hyponym)brush discharge, corona, corona discharge, corposant, electric glow, flashover, Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire

6. discharge (event) the pouring forth of a fluid

Synonymsoutpouring, run

Broader (hypernym)flow, flowing

Narrower (hyponym)escape, jet, leak, leakage, outflow, spirt, spurt, squirt

7. discharge (act) the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

Synonymsdismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

Narrower (hyponym)conge, congee, deactivation, dishonorable discharge, honorable discharge, inactivation, removal, Section Eight, superannuation

8. discharge (act) a formal written statement of relinquishment

Synonymsrelease, waiver

Broader (hypernym)relinquishing, relinquishment

Narrower (hyponym)exemption, granting immunity, immunity

9. discharge (act) the act of discharging a gun

Synonymsfiring, firing off

Broader (hypernym)shooting, shot

Narrower (hyponym)gun

English verb: discharge

1. discharge (social) complete or carry out

SamplesDischarge one's duties.

Synonymscomplete, dispatch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill

2. discharge (contact) pour forth or release

SamplesDischarge liquids.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread

Narrower (hyponym)disperse, dot, dust, eject, force out, play, scatter, sprinkle, squeeze out, squirt, volley

3. discharge (social) free from obligations or duties


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)cashier, clear, cut, disembroil, disentangle, disinvest, disinvolve, divest, liberate, relieve, set free, take over

4. discharge (contact) remove the charge from

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


5. discharge (competition) go off or discharge

SamplesThe gun fired.

Synonymsfire, go off

Pattern of useSomething ----s

6. discharge (communication) pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

SamplesThe suspect was cleared of the murder charges.

ExamplesThey want to discharge the prisoners

Synonymsacquit, assoil, clear, exculpate, exonerate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)judge, label, pronounce

Narrower (hyponym)purge, vindicate, whitewash

Entailevaluate, judge, pass judgment


7. discharge (body) eliminate (a substance)

SamplesCombustion products are exhausted in the engine.
The plant releases a gas.

Synonymseject, exhaust, expel, release

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)abort, bleed, blow, breathe, cough out, cough up, egest, ejaculate, eliminate, emit, eruct, excrete, expectorate, fester, hemorrhage, maturate, ovulate, pass, pass off, shed blood, spew, spew out, spit out, spit up, suppurate

8. discharge (contact) leave or unload

SamplesUnload the cargo.
Drop off the passengers at the hotel.

Synonymsdrop, drop off, put down, set down, unload

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)deliver

Narrower (hyponym)air-drop, wharf

9. discharge (competition) cause to go off

SamplesFire a gun.
Fire a bullet.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)blast, fusillade, let drive, let fly, loose off, pop, shoot

Causedischarge, fire, go off

10. discharge (competition) release from military service

Synonymsmuster out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)let go, let go of, release, relinquish

Narrower (hyponym)cannon, deactivate, demob, demobilise, demobilise, demobilize, demobilize, inactivate

Antonymsmuster in, draft, enlist

11. discharge (change) become empty or void of its content

SamplesThe room emptied.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)flow away, flow off

Antonymsfill, fill up

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