Definitions for: Release

[n] the act of liberating someone or something
[n] (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
[n] a formal written statement of relinquishment
[n] the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
[n] the act of allowing a fluid to escape
[n] activity that releases or expresses creative energy or emotion; "she had no other outlet for her feelings"
[n] merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film); "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
[n] a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
[n] an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
[n] euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
[n] a process that liberates or discharges something; "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"
[v] generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids; "secrete digestive juices"
[v] eliminate, as of bodily substances
[v] make available, as of assets; or free for sale or publication
[v] prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; "publish a magazine or newspaper"
[v] let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"
[v] release, as from one's hands; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
[v] part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
[v] grant freedom to; free from confinement
[v] make available or free for sale or publication

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*lease", n.
1. (Mach.) A device adapted to hold or release a device or
mechanism as required; specif.: (Elec.) A catch on a
motor-starting rheostat, which automatically releases the
rheostat arm and so stops the motor in case of a break in
the field circuit; also, the catch on an electromagnetic
circuit breaker for a motor, which acts in case of an

2. (Phon.) The act or manner of ending a sound.

3. (Railroads) In the block-signaling system, a printed card
conveying information and instructions to be used at
intermediate sidings without telegraphic stations.

Re*lease" (r?-l?s"), v. t. [Pref. re + lease to let.]
To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.

Re*lease" (r?-l?s"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Released
(r?*l?st"); p. pr. & vb. n. Releasing.] [OE. relessen, OF.
relassier, to release, to let free. See Relay, n., Relax,
and cf. Release to lease again.]
1. To let loose again; to set free from restraint,
confinement, or servitude; to give liberty to, or to set
at liberty; to let go.

Now at that feast he released unto them one
prisoner, whomsoever they desired. --Mark xv. 6.

2. To relieve from something that confines, burdens, or
oppresses, as from pain, trouble, obligation, penalty.

3. (Law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or
relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying
to another who has some right or estate in possession, as
when the person in remainder releases his right to the
tenant in possession; to quit.

4. To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of; as, to
release an ordinance. [Obs.] --Hooker.

A sacred vow that none should aye release.

Syn: To free; liberate; loose; discharge; disengage;
extricate; let go; quit; acquit.

Re*lease", n.
1. The act of letting loose or freeing, or the state of being
let loose or freed; liberation or discharge from restraint
of any kind, as from confinement or bondage. ``Who
boast'st release from hell.'' --Milton.

2. Relief from care, pain, or any burden.

3. Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt,
penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.

4. (Law) A giving up or relinquishment of some right or
claim; a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements
to another who has some estate in possession; a quitclaim.

5. (Steam Engine) The act of opening the exhaust port to
allow the steam to escape.

Lease and release. (Law) See under Lease.

Out of release, without cessation. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Syn: Liberation; freedom; discharge. See Death.

Synonyms: acquittance, bring out, departure, discharge, discharge, dismissal, dismission, eject, exit, expel, expiration, firing, free, free, free, freeing, give up, going, handout, issue, let go, let go of, liberate, liberation, loose, loss, outlet, passing, press release, publish, put out, relinquish, relinquish, resign, sack, sacking, secrete, spill, spillage, tone ending, turn, unblock, unfreeze, unloose, unloosen, waiver

Antonyms: block, confine, detain, freeze, hold, immobilise, immobilize, take hold

See Also: abort, accomplishment, achievement, action, activity, activity, air, announcement, bail, bail out, bare, bleed, blow, breathe, bring out, channel, channelise, channelize, clearing, conclusion, conge, cough out, cough up, deactivation, death, decease, declassify, deflate, deregulating, deregulation, derequisition, discharge, disengage, disentanglement, dishonorable discharge, egest, ejaculate, eliminate, emancipation, emission, emit, ending, eruct, excrete, exemption, expectorate, explosion, extrication, exudate, exude, fester, flow, give, granting immunity, hand, hemorrhage, immunity, inactivation, instrument, issue, issue, jail delivery, legal document, legal instrument, let loose, let out, loose, manumission, maturate, merchandise, muster out, natural action, natural process, official document, ooze, ooze out, ovulate, parole, parole, pass, pass, pass off, pass on, plosion, probation, product, promulgation, publicise, publicize, reach, relief, relinquishing, relinquishment, removal, run, sacrifice, Section Eight, shed blood, spew, spew out, spit out, spit up, stream, superannuation, supply, supply, suppurate, termination, throw, toggle, transfer, transmit, transport, transude, turn over, unchain, unclasp, unhand, unleash, unsnarling, unspell, untangling, wares, water, withdraw

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