verb (used with object), re-leased, re-leas·ing.
Origin of re-lease
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
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Contemporary Examples of released
These are the same hormones that are released when women are breastfeeding.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Another rumor that has existed since before The Empire Strikes Back was released.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
Eventually Morrow was released with no money, vehicle, or phone.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
Oh, and the first press image they released was a pair of black dudes in tracksuits as a troll of sorts to NME.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of released
Stoliker stretched his arms wearily above his head when he was released.In the Midst of Alarms
All our prisoners were released, and about thirty of the enemy taken.Ridgeway
Had Rose not released him from his promise he would have kept it.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He was heard again all of a sudden, as though he had released a catch in order to speak.The Secret Agent
At the expiration of this period, he was released by order of Parliament.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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.