Launch meaning

lônch, länch
To begin a new venture or phase; embark.

Launch forth on a dangerous mission; launched out on her own after college.

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To enter enthusiastically into something; plunge.

Launched into a description of the movie.

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The act of launching.
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A large, open motorboat.
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To hurl, discharge, or send off (a weapon, blow, etc.)
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(historical) The largest boat carried by a warship.
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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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To send forth with some force.

To launch a plane by catapult.

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To cause (a newly built vessel) to slide from the land into the water; set afloat.
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To set in operation; start, inaugurate, etc.

To launch an attack, launch a new ad campaign.

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To start (a person) on some course or career.
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To put to sea.
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To start on some new course or enterprise.
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To throw oneself (into) with vigor; rush; plunge.

To launch into a tirade.

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The act or process of launching.
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Designating or of vehicles, facilities, sites, etc. used in the launching of spacecraft or missiles.
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An open, or partly enclosed, motorboat.
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To cause an application to load and run. Contrast with "exit" or "close," which ends the program. See launcher and never say.
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To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly; to send off, propel with force.
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To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat.

The navy launched another ship.

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The act of launching.
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The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. (Compare: to splash a ship.)
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(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".
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(nautical) A boat used to convey guests to and from a yaucht.
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(nautical) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
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(nautical) To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
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To set going; initiate.

Launch a career; launch a business venture.

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To introduce to the public or to a market.

Launched the new perfume with prime-time commercials on the major networks.

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To give (someone) a start, as in a career or vocation.
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A large ship's boat.
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Origin of launch

  • Middle English launchen from Old North French lancher from Latin lanceāre to wield a lance from lancea lance lance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably alteration (probably influenced by launch) of Malay lancha

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English launchen (“to throw as a lance"), Old French lanchier, another form (Old Northern French/Norman variant, compare Jèrriais lanchi) of lancier, French lancer, from lance.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Portuguese lancha (“barge, launch"), apparently from Malay lancar (“quick, agile"). Spelling influenced by the verb above.

    From Wiktionary