launch

1
[ lawnch, lahnch ]
/ lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to burst out or plunge boldly or directly into action, speech, etc.
to start out or forth; push out or put forth on the water.

noun

the act of launching.

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Origin of launch

1
First recorded in 1300–50; late Middle English launche, from Anglo-French lancher, from Late Latin lanceāre “to wield a lance”; see lance1

OTHER WORDS FROM launch

launch·a·ble, adjectiveun·launched, adjectivewell-launched, adjective

Definition for launch (2 of 2)

launch2
[ lawnch, lahnch ]
/ lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ /

noun

a heavy open or half-decked boat propelled by oars or by an engine.
a large utility boat carried by a warship.

Origin of launch

2
First recorded in 1690–1700; from Spanish, Portuguese lancha, earlier Portuguese lanchara, first attested in 1515 in an account of boats encountered near the Strait of Malacca; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Malay lancharan, derivative of lanchar “swift,” unless modern Malay lancha is from Portuguese;
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British Dictionary definitions for launch (1 of 2)

launch1
/ (lɔːntʃ) /

verb

noun

an act or instance of launching

Word Origin for launch

C14: from Anglo-French lancher, from Late Latin lanceāre to use a lance, hence, to set in motion. See lance

British Dictionary definitions for launch (2 of 2)

launch2
/ (lɔːntʃ) /

noun

a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat
the largest of the boats of a man-of-war

Word Origin for launch

C17: via Spanish lancha and Portuguese from Malay lancharan boat, from lanchar speed
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