Definition of "release" []

  • To set free from confinement, restraint, or bondage: released the prisoners. (verb-transitive)
  • To free from something that binds, fastens, or holds back; let go: released the balloons; released a flood of questions. (verb-transitive)
  • To dismiss, as from a job. (verb-transitive)
  • To relieve of debt or obligation. (verb-transitive)
  • To relieve of care and suffering. (verb-transitive)
  • To free (a person, animal, etc) from captivity or imprisonment (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To free (someone) from obligation or duty (verb)
  • To free (something) from (one's grip); let go or fall (verb)
  • To issue (a record, film, book, etc) for sale or circulation (verb)
  • To make (news or information) known or allow (news or information) to be made known (verb)
  • To relinquish (a right, claim, title, etc) in favour of someone else (verb)
  • To evoke (a response) through the presentation of a stimulus that produces the response innately (verb)
  • The act of freeing or state of being freed, as from captivity, imprisonment, duty, pain, life, etc (noun)
  • The act of issuing for sale or publication (noun)
  • Something issued for sale or public showing, esp a film or musical recording (noun)
  • A news item, document, etc, made available for publication, broadcasting, etc (noun)
  • The surrender of a claim, right, title, etc, in favour of someone else (noun)
  • A control mechanism for starting or stopping an engine (noun)
  • The opening of the exhaust valve of a steam engine near the end of the piston stroke (noun)
  • The moment at which this valve opens (noun)
  • The electronic control regulating how long a note sounds after a synthesizer key has been released (noun)
  • The control mechanism for the shutter in a camera (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "release" in a sentence
  • "Much of the American public — once Paine's base of support — spurned him after his release from French prison, when he publicly blamed George Washington for not having helped secure his ­release."
  • "The record for the first 8 days in release is held by The Dark Knight with $261,847,503."
  • "But if Sharpe was really so enraged, why did the label release the album?"