Definition of RELEASE

transitive verb[1]

1 : to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude

release hostages release pent-up emotions release the brakes also : to let go : dismiss[2] released from her job

2 : to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses

was released from her promise

3 : to give up in favor of another : relinquish release a claim to property[3]

4 : to give permission for publication, performance, exhibition, or sale of also : to make available to the public the commission released its findings release a new movie

intransitive verb[4]

: to move from one’s normal position (as in football or basketball) in order to assume another position or to perform a second assignment

1 : relief or deliverance from sorrow, suffering, or trouble

2a : discharge from obligation or responsibility

b(1) : relinquishment of a right or claim

(2) : an act by which a legal right is discharged specifically : a conveyance of a right in lands or tenements to another having an estate in possession

3a : the act or an instance of liberating or freeing (as from restraint)

b : the act or manner of concluding a musical tone or phrase

c : the act or manner of ending a sound : the movement of one or more vocal organs in quitting the position for a speech sound

d : the action or manner of throwing a ball

has a quick release

4 : an instrument effecting a legal release

5 : the state of being freed

6 : a device adapted to hold or release a mechanism as required

7a : the act of permitting performance or publication also : performance[5], publication[6] became a best seller on its release

b : the matter released[7] especially : a statement prepared for the press

re-leased; re-leasing; re-leases


  1. ^ transitive verb (
  2. ^ dismiss (
  3. ^ relinquish (
  4. ^ intransitive verb (
  5. ^ performance (
  6. ^ publication (
  7. ^ released (
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