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 of release delivery, discharge, quietus, quittance Words Related to release 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 of release disclaimer, quitclaim, waiverWords Related to release 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 of release ad, advert [chiefly British], advertisement, bulletin, communiqué, notice, notification, posting, announcementWords Related to release 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 of release alleviation, comfort, ease, reliefWords Related to release appeasement, assuagement, decrease, diminishment, mitigation, moderation, mollification; calming, salving, soothingNear Antonyms of release discomfort, unrest; agony, anguish, misery, suffering, torment, torture; ache, pain, pang, prick, smart, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge



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 of release loose, loosen, uncork, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen Words Related to release discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, manumit, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter, unmoor, unshackle; air, express, take out, vent Phrases let go Near Antonyms of release handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; bind, confine, enchain, fetter; halter, hamper Antonyms of release 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 of release loose, take out, unleash, ventWords Related to release act out; air, express, state, ventilate, voiceNear Antonyms of release 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 of release bottle (up), repress, suppress

  3. 3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) release the prisoners immediately Synonyms of release discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, free, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterWords Related to release bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackleNear Antonyms of release handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugateAntonyms of release 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 of release clear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, free, liberate, extricate, untangleWords Related to release deliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwineNear Antonyms of release block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weighAntonyms of release embroil, entangle

  5. 5 to throw or give off an air freshener that releases a pleasing scent into the room Synonyms of release cast, discharge, emanate, evolve, exhale, expel, expire [archaic], give out, irradiate, issue, radiate, emit, send (out), shoot, throw out, ventWords Related to release eliminate, evacuate, excrete, exude, ooze, secrete; eject, erupt, gush, jet, outpour, pour, spew, spout, spray, spurt, squirtNear Antonyms of release 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 of release advertise, annunciate, blare, blaze, blazon, broadcast, declare, enunciate, flash, give out, herald, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, announce, sound, trumpetWords Related to release 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 of release 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 of release ax (or axe), bounce, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, dismiss, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn offWords Related to release downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms of release keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms of release employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

Synonym Discussion of release

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

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