verb (used with object), re·leased, re·leas·ing.
- the surrender of a right or the like to another.
- a document embodying such a surrender.
- 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.
Origin of release
Synonyms for release
Antonyms for release
verb (used with object), re-leased, re-leas·ing.
Origin of re-lease
Examples from the Web for release
Contemporary Examples of release
Rashad was there to celebrate the release of the Civil Rights drama Selma.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
The United States government might not release that information for years, if ever.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.
The “nature of the crime” was too serious to release him, they said.
And so, he says he left prison without proper ID, just his release papers and the “dress-out gear” he was given by the state.
Historical Examples of release
Until that ecstasy of release should come, he would do his duty,—yes, his duty.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Release can come only when the race at large is willing to cast the evil thing off.The Conquest of Fear
Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all.De Profundis
It was as if some mighty pent force were struggling for release.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
There was no joy over her release in his tones, nor pity for her condition.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- the opening of the exhaust valve of a steam engine near the end of the piston stroke
- the moment at which this valve opens
Word Origin for release
c.1300, "to withdraw, revoke (a decree, etc.), cancel, lift; remit," from Old French relaissier, relesser "to relinquish, quit, let go, leave behind, abandon, acquit," variant of relacher "release, relax," from Latin relaxare "loosen, stretch out" (see relax). Cf. Spanish relajar, Italian relassare.
Meaning "alleviate, ease" is mid-14c., as is sense of "free from (duty, etc.); exonerate." From late 14c. as "grant remission, forgive; set free from imprisonment, military service, etc." Also "give up, relinquish, surrender." In law, c.1400, "to grant a release of property." Of press reports, attested from 1904; of motion pictures, from 1912; of music recordings, from 1962. As a euphemism for "to dismiss, fire from a job" it is attested in American English since 1904. Related: Released; releasing.
early 14c., "abatement of distress; means of deliverance," from Old French relais, reles (12c.), a back-formation from relesser, relaissier (see release (v.)). In law, mid-14c., "transferring of property or a right to another;" late 14c. as "release from an obligation; remission of a duty, tribute, etc." Meaning "act and manner of releasing" (a bow, etc.) is from 1871. Sense of "action of publication" is from 1907.