The term "discharge" is normally used in relation to a person who is standing for a criminal trial but has been set free, though not on account of being tried and found not guilty.


An accused person may be discharged if there are no witnesses to give evidence in his case. A person discharged may still be re-arrested and tried if new facts emerge. The word “discharge” may also be used to mean the act of terminating a contract and one's employment.
1. The act of terminating an employee from a job (involuntary discharge).
Robert has been discharged from his job because of disciplinary infractions.


2. The act of asking or allowing officially someone to leave a place, such as a job, prison, army, or hospital.
Alison is healing, will be discharged on Monday from the hospital.


3. To come out from inside a place, for example, a liquid matter that comes from a part of the body.
In a bankruptcy, discharge is a court order that relieves debtor's liability for certain specified types of debts. The debtor is no longer legally required to pay any discharged debts.
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