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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)

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.

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?"