What is the meaning of release?


  • Merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film. )
    • usage: "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
  • The act of liberating someone or something.
  • A process that liberates or discharges something.
    • usage: "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"
  • An announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation.
  • The termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart.
  • Euphemistic expressions for death.
    • usage: "thousands mourned his passing"
  • A legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation.
  • A device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism.
  • Activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion.
    • usage: "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to his anger"
  • The act of allowing a fluid to escape.
  • A formal written statement of relinquishment.
  • Music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone.


  • Release, as from one's grip.
    • usage: "Let go of the door handle, please"; "relinquish your grip on the rope-you won't fall"
  • Grant freedom to; free from confinement.
  • Let (something) fall or spill from a container.
    • usage: "turn the flour onto a plate"
  • Prepare and issue for public distribution or sale.
    • usage: "publish a magazine or newspaper"
  • Eliminate (a substance. )
    • usage: "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas"
  • Generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids.
    • usage: "secrete digestive juices"; "release a hormone into the blood stream"
  • Make (information) available for publication.
    • usage: "release the list with the names of the prisoners"
  • Part with a possession or right.
    • usage: "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
  • Release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition.
  • Make (assets) available.
    • usage: "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"
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APAWordNet. (2010). release. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/release/definitions/1189497
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