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discharge vb. (‘dismiss, disband’ and 4 are the most freq. meanings)
1. to unburden, disburden, deliver, free Ado V. i. 335, 2H4 II. iv. 145, Rom. V. i. 63 “d-'d of breath.”
2. fig. of letting off cannon H8 I. ii. 206 “ a horrible oath,” Lucr. 1605 “ one word of woe.”
3. to pay, settle with (a creditor) Err. IV. i. 32, Mer.V. III. ii. 274, Tim. II. ii. 12.
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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