Meaning fo release


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


    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


    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”

    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, 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”


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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


    free, liberate

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    bring forth, generate

    bring into existence

  6. verb

    let (something) fall or spill from a container



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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


    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”
    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


    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



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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

  11. noun

    the termination of someone’s employment (leaving them free to depart)


    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


    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


    bring out, issue, publish, put out

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    supervise the publication of
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    air, bare, publicise, publicize

    make public

  14. verb

    make (information) available for publication

    release the list with the names of the prisoners”


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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”

    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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    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


    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


    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


    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



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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


    outlet, vent

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    any specific behavior

  22. noun

    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone


    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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