A boat being launched.
- The definition of a launch is an event at which something, such as a book or product, is presented to the public for the first time and is also the act of creating, presenting or promoting a new product.
An example of a launch is a book launch.
- To launch is defined as to set something in motion, to start something or to forcefully throw something.
- An example of launch is when you push a boat into the water so it can go forward.
- An example of launch is when you start a new line of jewelry.
- An example of launch is when you send a football flying through the air.
- to hurl, discharge, or send off (a weapon, blow, etc.)
- to send forth with some force: to launch a plane by catapult
- to cause (a newly built vessel) to slide from the land into the water; set afloat
- to set in operation; start, inaugurate, etc.: to launch an attack, launch a new ad campaign
- to start (a person) on some course or career
Origin of launchMiddle English launchen from Old French lanchier from Ecclesiastical Late Latin lanceare, to wield a lance from Classical Latin lancea, lance
- to put to sea: often with out or forth
- to start on some new course or enterprise: often with out or forth
- to throw oneself (into) with vigor; rush; plunge: to launch into a tirade
- Historical the largest boat carried by a warship
- an open, or partly enclosed, motorboat
Origin of launchSpanish or Portuguese lancha from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Malay lancharan from lanchar, swift
verblaunched, launch·ing, launch·es
- a. To throw or propel with force; hurl: launch a spear.b. To set or thrust (a self-propelled craft or projectile) in motion: launch a rocket; launch a torpedo.
- Nautical To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
- To set going; initiate: launch a career; launch a business venture. See Synonyms at begin.
- To introduce to the public or to a market: launched the new perfume with prime-time commercials on the major networks.
- To give (someone) a start, as in a career or vocation.
- To begin a new venture or phase; embark: launch forth on a dangerous mission; launched out on her own after college.
- To enter enthusiastically into something; plunge: launched into a description of the movie.
Origin of launchMiddle English launchen from Old North French lancher from Latin lanceāre to wield a lance from lancea lance ; see lance .
- A large ship's boat.
- A large, open motorboat.
Origin of launchProbably alteration (probably influenced by launch 1) of Malay lancha
(third-person singular simple present launches, present participle launching, simple past and past participle launched)
- To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly; to send off, propel with force.
- To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat.
- The navy launched another ship.
- To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
- Our business launched a new project. Double-click an icon to launch the associated application.
- (intransitive, often with out) To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning.
- to launch into an argument or discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures
- (nautical) The boat of the largest size and/or of most importance belonging to a ship of war, and often called the "captain's boat" or "captain's launch".
- (nautical) A boat used to convey guests to and from a yaucht.
- (nautical) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)