verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of launch1
Synonyms for launch
Examples from the Web for launched
Contemporary Examples of launched
He created his own crowd-funding platform for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which has yet to be launched.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. launched campaigns in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah and a surge campaign in Baghdad.
Launched just 13 years ago, it quickly became a serious rival to MAS and a rising juggernaut in Asia.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Launched late last week, Ready for Romney appears to be, at best, political amateur hour.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of launched
Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.Brave and Bold
When K. did not reply at once, he launched into an explanation.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He hesitated a moment, then launched a heavy fist at Kirkwood's face.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
A ship of promise should be—not launched—that was weeks away.The Incomplete Amorist
We silently, perhaps a little fearfully, launched the empty canoe.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- to start off or set in motionto launch a scheme
- to put (a new product) on the market
Word Origin for launch
Word Origin for launch
c.1300, "to rush, plunge, leap, start forth; to be set into sudden motion," from Old North French lancher (Old French lancier) "to fling, hurl, throw, cast," from Late Latin lanceare "wield a lance," from Latin lancea "light spear" (see lance). Sense of "set (a boat) afloat" first recorded c.1400, from notion of throwing it out on the water; generalized by 1600 to any sort of beginning. The noun meaning "a leap or a bound" is from mid-15c., from the verb. Meaning "the liftoff of a missile, spacecraft, etc." is from 1935. Launch pad attested from 1960.
"large boat carried on a warship," 1690s, from Portuguese lancha "barge, launch," apparently from Malay lancharan, from lanchar "quick, agile;" English spelling influenced by launch (v.).