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release

verb

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1 to set free (from a state of being held in check)
  • the losing player released his anger with a great yell of frustration

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2 to find emotional release for
  • tried to find other ways of releasing tension than by chewing her fingernails

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3 to set free (as from slavery or confinement)
  • release the prisoners immediately

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4 to set free from entanglement or difficulty
  • the new governor finally managed to release himself from his rash campaign promise

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5 to throw or give off
  • an air freshener that releases a pleasing scent into the room

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6 to make known openly or publicly
  • the panel of nutritionists released their findings on the safety and effectiveness of various diets

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7 to let go from office, service, or employment
  • they released the workers who couldn't handle the new technology

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release

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1 a freeing from an obligation or responsibility
  • because they had legally declared bankruptcy, they received release from their debt

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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

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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

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4 reduction of or freedom from pain
  • only sleep offered any release from the agony of the migraine

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How does the verb release differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of release are emancipate, free, liberate, and manumit. While all these words mean "to set loose from restraint or constraint," 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

In what contexts can emancipate take the place of release?

The meanings of emancipate and release largely overlap; however, emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination.

labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery

When would free be a good substitute for release?

The words free and release can be used in similar contexts, but free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses.

freed the animals from their cages

When might liberate be a better fit than release?

While in some cases nearly identical to release, liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty.

liberated their country from the tyrant

When is manumit a more appropriate choice than release?

Although the words manumit and release have much in common, manumit implies emancipation from slavery.

the document manumitted the slaves

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The first known use of release was in the 14th century

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“Release.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/release. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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