release

verb (1)
re·​lease | \ ri-ˈlēs \
released; releasing

Definition of release

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude release hostages release pent-up emotions release the brakes also : to let go : dismiss released from her job
2 : to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses was released from her promise
3 : to give up in favor of another : relinquish release a claim to property
4 : to give permission for publication, performance, exhibition, or sale of also : to make available to the public the commission released its findings release a new movie

intransitive verb

: to move from one's normal position (as in football or basketball) in order to assume another position or to perform a second assignment

release

noun

Definition of release (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relief or deliverance from sorrow, suffering, or trouble
2a : discharge from obligation or responsibility
b(1) : relinquishment of a right or claim
(2) : an act by which a legal right is discharged specifically : a conveyance of a right in lands or tenements to another having an estate in possession
3a : the act or an instance of liberating or freeing (as from restraint)
b : the act or manner of concluding a musical tone or phrase
c : the act or manner of ending a sound : the movement of one or more vocal organs in quitting the position for a speech sound
d : the action or manner of throwing a ball has a quick release
4 : an instrument effecting a legal release
5 : the state of being freed
6 : a device adapted to hold or release a mechanism as required
7a : the act of permitting performance or publication also : performance, publication became a best seller on its release
b : the matter released especially : a statement prepared for the press

re-lease

verb (2)
\ (ˌ)rē-ˈlēs \
re-leased; re-leasing; re-leases

Definition of re-lease (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lease again

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Other Words from release

Verb (1)

releasable \ ri-​ˈlē-​sə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for release

Synonyms: Verb (1)

loose, loosen, uncork, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen

Synonyms: Noun

delivery, discharge, quietus, quittance

Antonyms: Verb (1)

bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, smother, tame

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Verb (1)

free, release, liberate, emancipate, manumit mean to set loose from restraint or constraint. free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses. freed the animals from their cages release suggests a setting loose from confinement, restraint, or a state of pressure or tension, often without implication of permanent liberation. released his anger on a punching bag liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty. liberated their country from the tyrant emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination. labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery manumit implies emancipation from slavery. the document manumitted the slaves

Examples of release in a Sentence

Verb (1)

The hostages have been released. The judge released the prisoner. The lion was released from its cage. There is a lot of controversy over whether or not wolves should be released into the park. I released my son's hand, and he ran out onto the playground. The factory faced serious fines for releasing dangerous chemicals into the river. Heat is released into the atmosphere by cars. During exercise, the body releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel better. She started to cry, releasing all of her repressed emotion. Exercise is a good way to release stress.

Noun

the release of the hostages The prisoner is eligible for early release. There was a controversy over the release of wolves into the park. The prisoner was given an early release. the release of heat into the atmosphere Exercise triggers the release of chemicals in the brain that make you feel better. an accidental release of pollutants into the river They've filed a request for release from the contract. They're requesting a release from their contractual obligations. The release of the book is scheduled for next month.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Today, Airbnb released a report of their trending ski destinations, based on internal data for year over year booking growth. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "These Ski Destinations Are on the Rise, According to Airbnb," 16 Jan. 2019 Back in November, the Trump administration released two final rules that would give employers much more room to exempt themselves from providing birth control to their employees at no out-of-pocket cost. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "A Federal Judge Blocked the Trump Administration's New Birth Control Rules in 13 States and D.C.," 14 Jan. 2019 Tori released a book in 2008 entitled sTORI Telling about her complicated childhood and relationship with her parents. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get All 'The Masked Singer' Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 10 Jan. 2019 The trustees released the text of their budgetary requests through the 2020 fiscal year last week, which noted a tuition increase but made no mention of adjuncts, despite the protests. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 In March, the Associated Press released a recording of that sound. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Were the Cuban Embassy Sonic Attacks Actually Just Crickets?," 9 Jan. 2019 In September of 2018, Deadline released a report saying that a TV version of your fave childhood movie would stream on the new service. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Disney's New Streaming Service," 3 Jan. 2019 Hillary Clinton released a YouTube video announcing her candidacy in April. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Oculus released the well-executed but low-stakes Oculus Go mobile headset. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AR and VR," 30 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Benchmarks around the world sagged Monday after the release of economic figures signaling the largest fall in Chinese exports for two years and the largest fall in imports since 2016. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise, Lifted by Energy, Tech Sectors," 15 Jan. 2019 The City Attorney’s Office reiterated that position Friday, insisting those issues were the reason for seeking the delay of the release of the 35-page decision reinstating Shepherd to the police force. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, police union delayed release of ruling to reinstate fired officer until after labor contract was approved," 14 Jan. 2019 Fans have reacted on social media to the release of the new theme song. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Disney Remixed Kim Possible's Theme Song With Vocals From Reboot Star Sadie Stanley," 11 Jan. 2019 Ever since the release of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on mobile, series fans have been waiting for a proper installment in the series. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Such an opportunity came in September with the release of the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most-popular stories of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 At the release of this podcast, their whereabouts remain a mystery, though they are believed to have been in the car. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 1: Fear," 4 Dec. 2018 The release of the tee during Miami Art Week coincides with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s retrospective, Judy Chicago: A Reckoning. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Renowned Feminist Artist Judy Chicago and Max Mara Release a Limited Edition T-Shirt," 4 Dec. 2018 The news comes just a month after the release of the group's latest Christmas album, Christmas Is Here, where Kelly and Maren are both featured. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Pentatonix Announces Their 2018 Christmas Special 'A Not So Silent Night'," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of release

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for release

Verb (1)

Middle English relesen, from Anglo-French relesser, from Latin relaxare to relax

Noun

Middle English reles, from Anglo-French, from relesser

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release

verb

English Language Learners Definition of release

: to allow (a person or animal) to leave a jail, cage, prison, etc. : to set (someone or something) free

: to stop holding (someone or something)

: to allow (a substance) to enter the air, water, soil, etc.

release

verb
re·​lease | \ ri-ˈlēs \
released; releasing

Kids Definition of release

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to set free or let go of The fish was caught and released. He released his hold on the rope.
2 : to allow to escape The factory released chemicals into the river.
3 : to relieve from a duty, responsibility, or burden She released him from his promise.
4 : to give up or hand over to someone else I released my claim.
5 : to permit to be published, sold, or shown The movie will be released next month.

release

noun

Kids Definition of release (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of setting free or letting go release of a prisoner
2 : the act of allowing something to escape the release of smoke
3 : a discharge from an obligation or responsibility
4 : relief or rescue from sorrow, suffering, or trouble release from pain
5 : a device for holding or releasing a mechanism
6 : the act of making something available to the public
7 : something (as a new product or song) that is made available to the public

release

transitive verb
re·​lease
released; releasing

Legal Definition of release

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to relieve or free from obligation, liability, or responsibility the debtor is released from all dischargeable debts
b : to give up (a claim, title, or right) to the benefit of another person : surrender
2 : to set free from confinement was released on personal recognizance

release

noun

Legal Definition of release (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : discharge from an obligation or responsibility that bars a cause of action did not effect a release of the school for any negligence
b : the giving up or renunciation of a right or claim that bars a cause of action was a release of the remainder of the debt

Note: A release may in some situations require consideration in order to be valid. A release of one joint obligor sometimes is considered to release all the obligors.

2 : an act or instrument that effects a release signed a release issued by the insurer

called also release of all claims

— compare hold harmless
3 : the act or instance of freeing especially from custody

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