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release

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of release

  1. 1 a freeing from an obligation or responsibility <because they had legally declared bankruptcy, they received release from their debt> Synonyms delivery, discharge, quietus, quittance Related Words dispensation, exemption, immunity, waiver

  2. 2 a document containing a declaration of an intentional giving up of a right, claim, or privilege <we had to sign a liability release before they'd let us go rock climbing on their property> Synonyms disclaimer, quitclaim, waiverRelated Words dispensation, exemption, indemnity; abdication, relinquishment, renouncement; handover, renunciation, surrender

  3. 3 a published statement informing the public of a matter of general interest <a press release announcing that the governor would not run for a second term> Synonyms ad, advert [chiefly British], advertisement, bulletin, communiqué, notice, notification, posting, announcementRelated Words broadside, brochure, circular, flyer (also flier), fly sheet, gazette [British], handbill, handout; bill, billboard, placard, playbill, poster, show bill, sign; broadcast, cablecast, newscast, telecast; advertising, billing, blurb, come-on, commercial, message, pitch, plugola, spot, word; communication, dispatch, report; annunciation, declaration, edict, proclamation, promulgation, pronouncement, pronunciamento, rescript, signification; ballyhoo, boost, buildup, campaign, plug, promo, promotion, propaganda, publicity

  4. 4 reduction of or freedom from pain <only sleep offered any release from the agony of the migraine> Synonyms alleviation, comfort, ease, reliefRelated Words appeasement, assuagement, decrease, diminishment, mitigation, moderation, mollification; calming, salving, soothingNear Antonyms discomfort, unrest; agony, anguish, misery, suffering, torment, torture; ache, pain, pang, prick, smart, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge




release

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of release

  1. 1 to set free (from a state of being held in check) <the losing player released his anger with a great yell of frustration> Synonyms loose, loosen, uncork, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen Related Words discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, manumit, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter, unmoor, unshackle; air, express, take out, vent Phrases let go Near Antonyms handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; bind, confine, enchain, fetter; halter, hamper Antonyms bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame

  2. 2 to find emotional release for <tried to find other ways of releasing tension than by chewing her fingernails> Synonyms loose, take out, unleash, ventRelated Words act out; air, express, state, ventilate, voiceNear Antonyms control, govern, handle, manage; bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, hold back, pull in, quell, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame; allay, lull, quiet, soothe, still; choke, inhibit, muffle, pocket, repress, stifle, strangle, swallowAntonyms bottle (up), repress, suppress

  3. 3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) <release the prisoners immediately> Synonyms discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, free, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterRelated Words bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

  4. 4 to set free from entanglement or difficulty <the new governor finally managed to release himself from his rash campaign promise> Synonyms clear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, free, liberate, extricate, untangleRelated Words deliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwineNear Antonyms block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weighAntonyms embroil, entangle

  5. 5 to throw or give off <an air freshener that releases a pleasing scent into the room> Synonyms cast, discharge, emanate, evolve, exhale, expel, expire [archaic], give out, irradiate, issue, radiate, emit, send (out), shoot, throw out, ventRelated Words eliminate, evacuate, excrete, exude, ooze, secrete; eject, erupt, gush, jet, outpour, pour, spew, spout, spray, spurt, squirtNear Antonyms absorb, inhale, soak (up), sponge, suck (up), take up

  6. 6 to make known openly or publicly <the panel of nutritionists released their findings on the safety and effectiveness of various diets> Synonyms advertise, annunciate, blare, blaze, blazon, broadcast, declare, enunciate, flash, give out, herald, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, announce, sound, trumpetRelated Words bark, call (off or out), cry; bill, billboard, bulletin, gazette [chiefly British]; knell, ring, toll; blurb, feature, pitch, plug, promote, puff; disseminate, spread; disclose, divulge, introduce, kithe [chiefly Scottish], manifest, report, reveal, show; advise, apprise, hand down, inform, notify; communicate, impart, intimateNear Antonyms conceal, hush (up), silence, suppress, withhold; recall, recant, retract, revoke

  7. 7 to let go from office, service, or employment <they released the workers who couldn't handle the new technology> Synonyms ax (or axe), bounce, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, dismiss, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn offRelated Words downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on




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