release

verb (1)
re·​lease | \ ri-ˈlēs How to pronounce release (audio) \
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 How to pronounce re-lease (audio) \
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 How to pronounce releasable (audio) \ 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

Seven of the 17 are forecasting two rate decreases by the end of 2019, according to projections that were also released Wednesday. Washington Post, "Federal Reserve expresses concern about U.S. economy and signals interest rate cuts are likely coming," 20 June 2019 But this second-year player, who was released by the Cincinnati Bengals in April, was arrested three times earlier this year, incurring a felony charge and multiple misdemeanor charges. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Which newcomers are expected to help Dolphins in 2019? | Commentary," 19 June 2019 Batista has made changes in his department's use-of-force policy after a series of videos showing his officers punching, kicking or kneeing people were publicly released. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 This comes as Uber sets its sights on phase one of Uber Air, releasing a fleet of Uber Copters in NYC over the summer. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "No longer fiction: Flying car startups aim to begin test flights as early as next year," 19 June 2019 When inmates were released they were directly transported to treatment centers. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "'I will die' without it: Hamilton County Jail offers addicted inmates meds behind bars," 19 June 2019 Google’s announcement comes one week after a San Jose advocacy group, Working Partnerships USA, released a report saying Google’s proposed new campus at Diridon Station will raise rents by $235 million a year. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "As Bay Area housing crisis worsens, companies from Google to Wells Fargo ($1 billion each) step up," 19 June 2019 First Bite Fishing Tank teaches the basics of casting, baiting, catch and release methods and more with their traveling fish tank stocked with local fish. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Marion County Fair," 19 June 2019 On the night the Senate report was released, Backpage finally shut down its adult section. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Join us to discuss the release of this year's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants. SFChronicle.com, "Chronicle Talks Top 100," 20 June 2019 Four albums due out July 12 His newest album notwithstanding, this two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is surely the first music legend whose ongoing tour is a prelude to the imminent release of four additional albums. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paul McCartney still ‘Fab ‘at 77, still on tour, has four albums due out in July," 20 June 2019 In January and February of 2018, McBoatface spent 51 hours exploring beneath Antarctica’s Filchner Ice Shelf System, and this year Boaty will search around the bed of the North Sea to look for releases of gas. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Results of Boaty McBoatface’s First Research Mission Published," 20 June 2019 The interview marks the first time lawmakers are hearing from a person linked to Trump's inner circle since the release of Mueller's report. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Trump aide Hope Hicks refusing to answer questions in House hearing," 19 June 2019 The Democratic Party has been at odds with itself in recent months over whether or not to bring impeachment proceedings against the president following the release of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Can Trump Fire Fed Chair Jerome Powell? What History Tells Us," 19 June 2019 The meeting at a downtown church was called by the city in the wake of the release of a bystander's video of police officers who pointed their guns and shouted obscenities last month at a black family. NBC News, "Phoenix police chief promises change after officers pulled guns over stolen doll," 19 June 2019 The interview marks the first time lawmakers are hearing from a person linked to Trump's inner circle since the release of Mueller's report. Laurie Kellman, chicagotribune.com, "Hope Hicks refuses to talk about Trump White House in interview with House committee," 19 June 2019 Lil Nas X has experienced an explosive rise this year since the release of his crossover hit, which shook up the rap and country charts. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Everything we know about Lil Nas X's upcoming EP, '7'," 19 June 2019

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of release (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of allowing a person or animal to leave a jail, cage, prison, etc.
: the act of allowing a substance to enter the air, water, soil, etc.
: the act of freeing someone from a duty, responsibility, etc.

release

verb
re·​lease | \ ri-ˈlēs How to pronounce release (audio) \
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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