I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French *lancher, lancer, from Late Latin lanceare to wield a lance — more at lance Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to throw forward ; hurl b. to release, catapult, or send off (a self-propelled object) <
launch a rocket
2. a. to set (a boat or ship) afloat b. to give (a person) a start <
launched her on a new career
c. (1) to put into operation or set in motion ; initiate, introduce (2) to get off to a good start d. to load into a computer's memory and run <
launch a program
intransitive verb 1. a. to spring forward ; take off b. to enter energetically <
launched into an impromptu speech — Tim Tucker
2. a. archaic to slide down the ways b. to make a start II. noun Date: 1749 an act or instance of launching III. noun Etymology: Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish lancha, from Portuguese Date: 1697 1. a large boat that operates from a ship 2. a small motorboat that is open or that has the forepart of the hull covered

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