Definitions for releaserɪˈlis

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re-leaseriˈlis(v.t.)-leased, -leas•ing.

  1. to lease again.

re•lease*rɪˈlis(v.; n.)-leased, -leas•ing

  1. (v.t.)to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go.

  2. to free from anything that restrains or fastens; loose.

  3. to allow to be known, issued, done, or exhibited:

    to release an article for publication.

  4. to relinquish or surrender (a legal right, claim, etc.).

    Category: Law

  5. (n.)a freeing or releasing from confinement, obligation, pain, emotional strain, etc.

  6. liberation from anything that restrains or fastens.

  7. a device or agency that effects such liberation.

  8. a grant of permission, as to publish, use, or sell something.

  9. the releasing of something for publication, performance, use, exhibition, or sale.

  10. a film, book, record, etc., that is released.

  11. the surrender of a legal right or the like to another. a document embodying such a surrender.

    Category: Law

  12. a control mechanism for starting or stopping a machine, esp. by removing some restrictive apparatus.

    Category: Machinery

* Syn: release , free , dismiss , discharge , liberate all mean to let loose or let go. release and free both suggest a helpful action; they may be used of delivering a person from confinement or obligation: to release prisoners; to free a student from certain course requirements. dismiss usu. means to force to go unwillingly; however, it may also refer to giving permission to go: to dismiss an employee; to dismiss a class.discharge usu. means to relieve of an obligation, office, etc.; it may also mean to permit to go: The soldier was discharged. The hospital discharged the patient.liberate suggests particularly the deliverance from unjust punishment, oppression, or the like, and often means to set free through forcible or military action: to liberate occupied territories.

Origin of release:

1250–1300; (v.) ME reles(s)en < OF relesser, relaissier < L relaxāre to loosen (see relax ); (n.) ME reles(e) < OF reles, relais, der. of the v.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. release(noun)

    merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)

    "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"

  2. liberation, release, freeing(noun)

    the act of liberating someone or something

  3. release(noun)

    a process that liberates or discharges something

    "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"

  4. handout, press release, release(noun)

    an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation

  5. dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking(noun)

    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

  6. passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release(noun)

    euphemistic expressions for death

    "thousands mourned his passing"

  7. acquittance, release(noun)

    a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation

  8. release, button(noun)

    a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism

  9. release, outlet, vent(noun)

    activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion

    "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to his anger"

  10. spill, spillage, release(noun)

    the act of allowing a fluid to escape

  11. release, waiver, discharge(noun)

    a formal written statement of relinquishment

  12. release, tone ending(verb)

    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone

  13. let go of, let go, release, relinquish(verb)

    release, as from one's grip

    "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"

  14. free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose(verb)

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

  15. turn, release(verb)

    let (something) fall or spill from a container

    "turn the flour onto a plate"

  16. publish, bring out, put out, issue, release(verb)

    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale

    "publish a magazine or newspaper"

  17. exhaust, discharge, expel, eject, release(verb)

    eliminate (a substance)

    "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas"

  18. secrete, release(verb)

    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids

    "secrete digestive juices"; "release a hormone into the blood stream"

  19. free, release(verb)

    make (information) available for publication

    "release the list with the names of the prisoners"

  20. release, relinquish, resign, free, give up(verb)

    part with a possession or right

    "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"

  21. release, free, liberate(verb)

    release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

  22. unblock, unfreeze, free, release(verb)

    make (assets) available

    "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. release(verb)ɪˈlis

    to allow a prisoner to go; = free

    They released three of the hostages.

  2. releaseɪˈlis

    to let go of sth

    Push the button down, then slowly release it.

  3. releaseɪˈlis

    to allow information to become publicly known

    Police have released a statement.

  4. releaseɪˈlis

    to allow to come out of

    The explosion released deadly gases into the air.

  5. releaseɪˈlis

    to make a book, movie, etc. available to the public

    His latest CD will be released next week.

  6. releaseɪˈlis

    to do sth that allows an emotion or feeling to go away

    Yoga is a way to release tension.

  7. release(noun)ɪˈlis

    when a prisoner is allowed to go

    the safe release of all the prisoners

  8. releaseɪˈlis

    a public announcement

    a press release

  9. releaseɪˈlis

    the action of allowing sth to come out of sth

    the release of toxic waste into the water supply

  10. releaseɪˈlis

    a book, movie, etc. that has recently become available to the public, or the process of releasing one

    This week's new releases.; the release date for the book

  11. releaseɪˈlis

    the act of allowing an emotion or feeling to go away

    a release of tension


  1. release(Noun)

    The distribution of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product; the distribution can be both public or private.

  2. release(Noun)

    Anything recently released or made available (as for sale).

    The video store advertised that it had all the latest "releases".

  3. release(Noun)

    That which is released, untied or let go.

    They marked the occasion with a release of butterflies.

  4. release(Verb)

    To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.

  5. release(Verb)

    To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.

    He released his grasp on the lever.

  6. release(Verb)

    To make available to the public.

    They released the new product later than intended.

  7. release(Verb)

    To free or liberate; to set free.

    He was released after two years in prison.

  8. release(Verb)

    To discharge.

    They released thousands of gallons of water into the river each month.

  9. release(Verb)

    To hang up.

    If you continue to use abusive language, I will need to release the call.

  10. release(Verb)

    To set up; to provide with a goal-scoring opportunity

  11. Origin: From relaisser (variant of relascher).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Release(verb)

    to lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back

  2. Release(noun)

    to let loose again; to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude; to give liberty to, or to set at liberty; to let go

  3. Release(noun)

    to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses, as from pain, trouble, obligation, penalty

  4. Release(noun)

    to let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying to another who has some right or estate in possession, as when the person in remainder releases his right to the tenant in possession; to quit

  5. Release(noun)

    to loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of; as, to release an ordinance

  6. Release(noun)

    the act of letting loose or freeing, or the state of being let loose or freed; liberation or discharge from restraint of any kind, as from confinement or bondage

  7. Release(noun)

    relief from care, pain, or any burden

  8. Release(noun)

    discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt, penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance

  9. Release(noun)

    a giving up or relinquishment of some right or claim; a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements to another who has some estate in possession; a quitclaim

  10. Release(noun)

    the act of opening the exhaust port to allow the steam to escape


  1. Release

    Release is a composition by Pearl Jam.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. release

    In air armament, the intentional separation of a free-fall aircraft store, from its suspension equipment, for purposes of employment of the store.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'release' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2155

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'release' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2588

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'release' in Nouns Frequency: #882

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'release' in Verbs Frequency: #271

Translations for release

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of releasing or being released

After his release, the prisoner returned to his home town; the release of a new film; (also adjective) the release catch.

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