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launch1 / lônch; länch/ • v. [tr.] 1. set (a boat) in motion by pushing it or allowing it to roll into the water: the town's lifeboat was launched to rescue the fishermen. ∎  set (a newly built ship or boat) afloat for the first time, typically as part of an official ceremony: King Gustav II Adolph of Sweden launched a huge new warship. ∎  send (a missile, satellite, or spacecraft) on its course or into orbit: they launched two Scud missiles. ∎  [tr.] hurl (something) forcefully: she launched a tortoiseshell comb. ∎  (launch oneself) (of a person) make a sudden energetic movement: I launched myself out of bed. ∎  utter (criticism or a threat) vehemently: scores of customers launched a volley of complaints. 2. start or set in motion (an activity or enterprise): she was launching a campaign against ugly architecture. ∎  introduce (a new product or publication) to the public for the first time: the company has launched a software package specifically for the legal sector. • n. an act or an instance of launching something: the launch of a new campaign against drinking and driving. ∎  an occasion at which a new product or publication is introduced to the public: a book launch. PHRASAL VERBS: launch into begin (something) energetically and enthusiastically: he launched into a two-hour sales pitch. launch out make a start on a new and challenging enterprise: she wasn't brave enough to launch out by herself. launch2 • n. a large motorboat, used esp. for short trips. Also called motor launch. ∎ hist. the largest boat carried on a man-of-war.

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launch1 †pierce, lance; hurl, shoot; be set in motion; cause (a vessel) to move from land XIV; put out from land XVI. —AN. launcher, ONF. lancher, var. of lancier LANCE.

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launch2 largest boat of a man-of-war XVII; large boat propelled by steam, etc. XIX. —Sp. lancha pinnace, perh. of Malay origin; cf. Malay lanchar quick, nimble.

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launch •Romansh •blanch, Blanche, branch, ranch, tranche •avalanche •backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, stench, tench, trench, wench, wrench •crossbench • workbench •cinch, clinch, finch, flinch, inch, lynch, Minch, pinch, squinch, winch •chaffinch • greenfinch • hawfinch •goldfinch • bullfinch •carte blanche, conch •graunch, haunch, launch, paunch, raunch, staunch •brunch, bunch, crunch, hunch, lunch, munch, punch, scrunch •honeybunch • keypunch

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