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release

Noun

1 merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film); "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
2 the act of liberating someone or something [syn: liberation, freeing]
3 a process that liberates or discharges something; "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"
4 an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation [syn: handout, press release]
5 the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing, liberation, sack, sacking]
6 euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going]
7 a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation [syn: acquittance]
8 activity that releases or expresses creative energy or emotion; "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to his anger" [syn: outlet, vent]
9 the act of allowing a fluid to escape [syn: spill, spillage]
10 a formal written statement of relinquishment [syn: waiver, discharge]
11 (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone [syn: tone ending]

Verb

1 release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall" [syn: let go of, let go, relinquish] [ant: hold]
2 grant freedom to; free from confinement [syn: free, liberate, unloose, unloosen, loose] [ant: confine]
3 let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate" [syn: turn]
4 eliminate (substances) from the body [syn: discharge, expel, eject]
5 prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; "publish a magazine or newspaper" [syn: publish, bring out, put out, issue]
6 generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids; "secrete digestive juices"; "release a hormone into the blood stream" [syn: secrete]
7 make (information) available publication; "release the list with the names of the prisoners" [syn: free]
8 part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne" [syn: relinquish, resign, free, give up]
9 make (assets) available; "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account" [syn: unblock, unfreeze, free] [ant: freeze, freeze]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ɹɪˈliːs/, /r\I"li:s/
  • :Rhymes: -iːs

Etymology

From relaisser (variant of relacher).

Noun

  1. The distribution of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product; the distribution can be both public or private.
  2. Anything recently released or made available (as for sale).
    The video store advertised that it had all the latest "releases".
  3. That which is released, untied or let go.
    They marked the occasion with a release of butterflies.''

Translations

software: distribution of a product
product made available
that which is released

Verb

  1. To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
  2. To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.
    He released his grasp on the lever.
  3. To make available to the public.
    They released the new product later than intended.
  4. To free or liberate; to set free.
    He was released after two years in prison.
  5. To discharge; to
    They released thousands of gallons of water into the river each month.

Translations

to lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back
to let go (of)
to make available to the public
to free or liberate
to discharge

Extensive Definition

Release may refer to multiple things:
release in German: Release
release in French: Release
release in Portuguese: Release
release in Russian: Релиз

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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vent, verdict of acquittal, vindicate, vindication, voucher, vouchsafe, vouchsafement, waiver, warrant, weigh anchor, white book, white paper, whitewash, withdraw the charge, word, yield, yielding
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