Other forms: released; releasing; releases

To release something or someone is to set it free, like a caged animal or a prisoner. “I shall be released” is a famous refrain from a 1967 Bob Dylan song that has come to symbolize political freedom around the world.

Release, which is a noun and a verb, has many different meanings. As a noun, it can mean a liberation, an unfastening, or the condition of being made available, like a movie or a CD. “When is the new Spiderman movie being released?” you might ask your best friend. As a verb, it can mean to relieve of suffering or obligation, like a debt. But it can also mean to lay off from a job, or surrender. “Release me from having to watch this terrible movie!” you could end up saying about the 16th Spiderman sequel. And who would blame you?

Definitions of release
  1. verb
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
    synonyms: free, liberate, loose, unloose, unloosen
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    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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    release from a spell
    make free
    release after a security has been paid
    set animals loose to graze
    bail out
    free on bail
    release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
  2. verb
    release, as from one's grip
    synonyms: let go, let go of, relinquish
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    hold, take hold
    have or hold in one's hands or grip
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    discharge, muster out
    release from military service
    release from a clasp
    release suddenly
    release by a toggle switch
    remove the hand from
    bring out, let out
    bring out of a specific state
    release or vent
    let loose, loose, unleash
    turn loose or free from restraint
    release from a leash
    disengage, withdraw
    release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
    remove from active military status or reassign
    demob, demobilise, demobilize
    retire from military service
    demobilise, demobilize, inactivate
    release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
    fire a cannon
    set free or release
  3. verb
    eliminate (a substance)
    “the plant releases a gas”
    synonyms: discharge, eject, exhaust, expel
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    cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up
    discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
    free of obstruction by blowing air through
    terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion
    produce and discharge eggs
    egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
    eliminate from the body
    bleed, hemorrhage, shed blood
    lose blood from one's body
    eruct, spew, spew out
    eject or send out in large quantities, also metaphorical
    fester, maturate, suppurate
    ripen and generate pus
    breathe, emit, pass off
    expel (gases or odors)
    belch, bubble, burp, eruct
    expel gas from the stomach
    force out
    emit or cause to move with force of effort
    emanate, exhale, give forth
    give out (breath or an odor)
    exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
    suffer a miscarriage
    flow, menstruate
    undergo menstruation
    perspire, sudate, sweat
    excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
    exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
    pass after the manner of urine
    empty, evacuate, void
    excrete or discharge from the body
    ca-ca, defecate, make, stool
    have a bowel movement
    barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, regurgitate, throw up, vomit, vomit up
    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
    ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spit, spue
    expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
    spit out, splutter, sputter
    spit up in an explosive manner
    send out real or metaphoric rays
    form, produce, or emit bubbles
  4. verb
    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
    release a hormone into the blood stream”
    synonyms: secrete
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    secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
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    exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
  5. verb
    release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
    synonyms: free, liberate
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    bring forth, generate
    bring into existence
  6. verb
    let (something) fall or spill from a container
    synonyms: turn
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    release contained air or gas from
    throw (a die) out onto a flat surface
    throw dice, as in a crap game
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    channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
    send from one person or place to another
  7. noun
    the act of liberating someone or something
    synonyms: freeing, liberation
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    jail delivery
    the use of force to liberate prisoners
    deregulating, deregulation
    the act of freeing from regulation (especially from governmental regulations)
    the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
    disentanglement, extrication, unsnarling, untangling
    the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition
    freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
    the act of freeing from suspicion
    the formal act of freeing from slavery
    (law) a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with
    (law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court
    purgation, purge, purging
    the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
    exoneration, vindication
    the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
    a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
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    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
  8. noun
    a process that liberates or discharges something
    “there was a sudden release of oxygen”
    “the release of iodine from the thyroid gland”
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    the release of electrons from parent atoms
    an emission of photoelectrons (especially from a metallic surface)
    field emission
    the emission of electrons that are stripped from parent atoms by a high electric field
    photoelectric emission
    the release or absorption of quanta above a certain energy level
    radiation, radioactivity
    the spontaneous emission of a stream of particles or electromagnetic rays in nuclear decay
    secondary emission
    the emission of electrons from a surface that is bombarded by higher energy primary electrons
    thermal emission, thermionic emission
    the emission of electrons from very hot substances
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    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
  9. noun
    the act of allowing a fluid to escape
    synonyms: spill, spillage
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    flow, stream
    the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
  10. noun
    a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
    synonyms: button
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  11. noun
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    synonyms: discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, sack, sacking
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    the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
    conge, congee
    an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
    dismissal from office
    deactivation, inactivation
    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
    honorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
    dishonorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
    Section Eight
    a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
    an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  12. noun
    euphemistic expressions for death
    synonyms: departure, exit, expiration, going, loss, passing
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    death, decease, demise, expiry
    the event of dying or departure from life
  13. verb
    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
    synonyms: bring out, issue, publish, put out
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    supervise the publication of
    type of:
    air, bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  14. verb
    make (information) available for publication
    release the list with the names of the prisoners”
    synonyms: free
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    lift the restriction on and make available again
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    issue, supply
    circulate or distribute or equip with
  15. verb
    make (assets) available
    release the holdings in the dictator's bank account”
    synonyms: free, unblock, unfreeze
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    block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
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    issue, supply
    circulate or distribute or equip with
  16. noun
    merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
    “a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra”
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    type of:
    merchandise, product, ware
    commodities offered for sale
  17. noun
    an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
    synonyms: handout, press release
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    announcement, promulgation
    a public statement containing information about an event that has happened or is going to happen
  18. verb
    part with a possession or right
    synonyms: free, give up, relinquish, resign
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    release from government control
    give, sacrifice
    endure the loss of
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    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  19. noun
    a formal written statement of relinquishment
    synonyms: discharge, waiver
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    exemption, granting immunity, immunity
    an act exempting someone
    an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear
    official immunity
    personal immunity accorded to a public official from liability to anyone injured by actions that are the consequence of exerting official authority
    sovereign immunity
    an exemption that precludes bringing a suit against the sovereign government without the government's consent
    testimonial immunity, use immunity
    an exemption that displaces the privilege against self-incrimination; neither compelled testimony or any fruits of it can be used against the witness who therefore can no longer fear self-incrimination
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    relinquishing, relinquishment
    the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
  20. noun
    a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
    synonyms: acquittance
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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
  21. noun
    activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
    synonyms: outlet, vent
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    any specific behavior
  22. noun
    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
    synonyms: tone ending
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    explosion, plosion
    the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something




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