Meaning of RELEASE in English


I. ri-ˈlēs verb

( re·leased ; re·leas·ing )

Etymology: Middle English relesen, from Anglo-French relesser, from Latin relaxare to relax

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

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

release hostages

release pent-up emotions

release the brakes

also : to let go : dismiss

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

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

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

Synonyms: see free

• re·leas·able -ˈlē-sə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English reles, from Anglo-French, from relesser

Date: 14th century

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


a. : discharge from obligation or responsibility


(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


a. : 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


a. : the act of permitting performance or publication ; also : performance , publication

became a best seller on its release

b. : the matter released ; especially : a statement prepared for the press

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.