unleash

When you remove your dog's leash so she can run wildly across the beach, you unleash her — you set her loose. And when you unleash a storm of insults against your brother, you allow them to flow freely from your lips.

There are two ways to use the verb unleash. Literally, it means "set loose," like when a police officer unleashes her trained dog to sniff luggage for illegal drugs, or a farmer unleashes her llama after moving it into a pen. Figuratively, you can unleash all kinds of emotions, forces, opinions, and actions. Unhappy citizens might unleash a series of high-profile protests, or a barrage of shouted demands, for example.

Definitions of unleash
  1. verb
    turn loose or free from restraint
    synonyms: let loose, loose
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    type of:
    let go, let go of, release, relinquish
    release, as from one's grip
  2. verb
    release or vent
    unleash one's anger”
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    types:
    uncork
    release
    type of:
    let go, let go of, release, relinquish
    release, as from one's grip
  3. verb
    release from a leash
    unleash the dogs in the park”
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    type of:
    let go, let go of, release, relinquish
    release, as from one's grip
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