[ ri-lees ]
/ rɪˈlis /
verb (used with object), re·leased, re·leas·ing.
to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go: to release a prisoner; to release someone from a debt.
to free from anything that restrains, fastens, etc.: to release a catapult.
to allow to be known, issued, done, or exhibited: to release an article for publication.
Law. to give up, relinquish, or surrender (a right, claim, etc.).
a freeing or releasing from confinement, obligation, pain, emotional strain, etc.
liberation from anything that restrains or fastens.
some device or agency for effecting such liberation.
a grant of permission, as to publish, use, or sell something.
the releasing of something for publication, performance, use, exhibition, or sale.
the film, book, record, etc., that is released.
- the surrender of a right or the like to another.
- a document embodying such a surrender.
Law Obsolete. a remission, as of a debt, tax, or tribute.
- a control mechanism for starting or stopping a machine, especially by removing some restrictive apparatus.
- the opening of an exhaust port or valve at or near the working stroke of an engine so that the working fluid can be exhausted on the return stroke.
- the point in the stroke of an engine at which the exhaust port or valve is opened.
(in jazz or popular music) a bridge.
Words nearby release
Origin of release
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English reles(s)en < Old French relesser, relaissier < Latin relaxāre to loosen (see relax); (noun) Middle English reles(e) < Old French reles, relais, derivative of relesser, relaisser
SYNONYMS FOR release
OTHER WORDS FROM release
re·leas·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·leas·a·ble, re·leas·i·ble, adjectivenon·re·lease, nounun·re·leas·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH releasere-lease release
synonym study for release
1. Release, free, dismiss, discharge, liberate, emancipate may all mean to set at liberty, let loose, or let go. Release and free, when applied to persons, suggest a helpful action. Both may be used (not always interchangeably) of delivering a person from confinement or obligation: to free or release prisoners. Free (less often, release ) is also used for delivering a person from pain, sorrow, etc.: to free from fear. Dismiss, meaning to send away, usually has the meaning of forcing to go unwillingly ( to dismiss a servant ), but may refer to giving permission to go: The teacher dismissed the class early. Discharge, meaning originally to relieve of a burden ( to discharge a gun ), has come to refer to that which is sent away, and is often a close synonym to dismiss; it is used in the meaning permit to go in connection with courts and the armed forces: The court discharged a man accused of robbery. Liberate and emancipate, more formal synonyms for release and free, also suggest action intended to be helpful. Liberate suggests particularly the release from unjust punishment, oppression, and the like, and often means to set free through forcible action or military campaign: They liberated the prisoners, the occupied territories, etc. Emancipate also suggests a release of some size and consequence, but one that is less overt, a more formal or legal freedom; and it sometimes connotes an inner liberation: Lincoln emancipated the slaves. John emancipated himself.
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British Dictionary definitions for releasable
/ (rɪˈliːs) /
to free (a person, animal, etc) from captivity or imprisonment
to free (someone) from obligation or duty
to free (something) from (one's grip); let go or fall
to issue (a record, film, book, etc) for sale or circulation
to make (news or information) known or allow (news or information) to be made knownto release details of an agreement
law to relinquish (a right, claim, title, etc) in favour of someone else
ethology to evoke (a response) through the presentation of a stimulus that produces the response innately
the act of freeing or state of being freed, as from captivity, imprisonment, duty, pain, life, etc
the act of issuing for sale or publication
something issued for sale or public showing, esp a film or a recorda new release from Bob Dylan
a news item, document, etc, made available for publication, broadcasting, etc
law the surrender of a claim, right, title, etc, in favour of someone else
a control mechanism for starting or stopping an engine
- the opening of the exhaust valve of a steam engine near the end of the piston stroke
- the moment at which this valve opens
the electronic control regulating how long a note sounds after a synthesizer key has been released
the control mechanism for the shutter in a camera
Derived forms of releasereleaser, noun
Word Origin for release
C13: from Old French relesser, from Latin relaxāre to slacken; see relax
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