launch1 W2 [lo:ntʃ US lo:ntʃ] v [T]
1¦(start something)¦
6 launch yourself forwards/up/from etc
Phrasal verbs
 launch into something
 launch out
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old North French; Origin: lancher, from Late Latin lanceare 'to throw a lance', from Latin lancea; LANCE1]
to start something, usually something big or important
The organization has launched a campaign to raise $150,000.
The Canadian police plan to launch an investigation into the deal.
launch an attack/assault/offensive
The press launched a vicious attack on the President.
The book launched his career as a novelist.
2.) ¦(PRODUCT)¦
to make a new product, book etc available for sale for the first time
The company hopes to launch the new drug by next October.
3.) ¦(BOAT)¦
to put a boat or ship into the water
4.) ¦(SKY/SPACE)¦
to send a weapon or spacecraft into the sky or into space
A test satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral.
5.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
to make a computer program start
= ↑open
Double-click on an icon to launch an application.
6.) launch yourself forwards/up/from etc
to jump up and forwards into the air with a lot of energy
launch into [launch into sth] phr v
1.) to suddenly start a description or story, or suddenly start criticizing something
Nelson launched into a blistering criticism of greedy lawyers.
2.) to suddenly start doing something
Don't just launch into exercise without warming up first.
launch out phr v
to start something new, especially something that involves risk
launch 2
launch2 n
[Sense: 1,3; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: LAUNCH1]
[Sense: 2; Date: 1600-1700; : Spanish; Origin: lancha, from Portuguese, perhaps from Malay lanchar 'quick']
1.) when a new product, book etc is made available or made known
launch of
the launch of a new women's magazine
a new product launch
2.) a large boat with a motor
3.) when a weapon or spacecraft is sent into the sky or into space

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