Release - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈliːs|  American pronunciation of the word release
Brit.  |rɪˈliːs|  British pronunciation of the word release


- merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra
- the act of liberating someone or something (syn: liberation)
- a process that liberates or discharges something
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 (syn: handout)
- the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) (syn: discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, sack, sacking)
- euphemistic expressions for death (syn: departure, exit, expiration, going, loss, passing)
- a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation (syn: acquittance)
- a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism (syn: button)
- activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion (syn: outlet, vent)
- the act of allowing a fluid to escape (syn: spill)
- a formal written statement of relinquishment (syn: discharge, waiver)
- (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone


- release, as from one's grip (syn: relinquish)
- grant freedom to; free from confinement (syn: free, liberate, loose, unloose, unloosen)
- let (something) fall or spill from a container (syn: turn)
- prepare and issue for public distribution or sale (syn: bring out, issue, publish, put out)
- eliminate (a substance) (syn: discharge, eject, exhaust, expel)
the plant releases a gas
- generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids (syn: secrete)
release a hormone into the blood stream
- make (information) available for publication (syn: free)
release the list with the names of the prisoners
- part with a possession or right (syn: free, give up, relinquish, resign)
- release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition (syn: free, liberate)
- make (assets) available (syn: free, unblock, unfreeze)
release the holdings in the dictator's bank account

Extra examples

The hostages have been released.

The judge released the prisoner.

The lion was released from its cage.

There is a lot of controversy over whether or not wolves should be released into the park.

I released my son's hand, and he ran out onto the playground.

The factory faced serious fines for releasing dangerous chemicals into the river.

Heat is released into the atmosphere by cars.

During exercise, the body releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel better.

She started to cry, releasing all of her repressed emotion.

Exercise is a good way to release stress.

The prisoner is eligible for early release.

There was a controversy over the release of wolves into the park.

The prisoner was given an early release.

Exercise triggers the release of chemicals in the brain that make you feel better.

They've filed a request for release from the contract.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: release
he/she/it: releases
present participle: releasing
past tense: released
past participle: released
singular: release
plural: releases
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