1 release, let out, dismiss, let go, send away; pardon, exonerate, liberate, (set) free, acquit, let off, absolve:
She was discharged from hospital yesterday. He was discharged from police custody last week.
2 expel, oust, dismiss, cashier, eject, give notice, Colloq sack, give (someone) the sack, fire, kick out:
He was discharged from his job yesterday.
3 shoot, fire (off); set or let off, detonate, explode:
It is illegal to discharge a firearm or other explosive device in this area.
4 emit, send out or forth, pour out or forth, gush; disembogue; ooze, leak, exude; excrete, void:
The sore in his leg continued to discharge pus. We can ill afford to discharge those effluents into the sea.
5 carry out, perform, fulfil, accomplish, do, execute:
He faithfully discharges the duties of his office.
6 pay, settle, liquidate, clear, honour, meet, square (up):
Before going off on holiday, we discharged all our financial obligations.
7 unload, offload, disburden, empty:
After discharging its cargo, the vessel rode high in the water.
8 release, dismissal:
What is the date of his discharge from the clinic?
9 expulsion, ouster, dismissal, ejection, notice, Colloq the axe or US ax, the sack, the boot, Chiefly US and Canadian walking papers, Slang US and Canadian the bounce, the gate:
Her discharge from the firm was rather ignominious.
10 shooting, firing (off), report, shot; salvo, fusillade, volley; detonation, explosion, burst:
The discharge of a pistol could not be heard at that distance. I heard the discharge from the guns of the firing squad in the courtyard below. The discharge of the bomb maimed three children.
11 emission, release, void, voiding, excretion, excreting, emptying, flow; ooze, oozing, pus, suppuration, secretion, seepage:
The discharge of blood from the wound continued.
12 performance, fulfilment, accomplishment, execution, observance, achievement:
The discharge of my family responsibilities will have to await my return from the front.
13 payment, settlement, liquidation, squaring (up), clearance:
The bank expects full discharge of all debts before they lend any money.
14 unloading, disburdening, offloading, emptying:
The customer will pay in full after the discharge of his cargo.