Meaning of RELEASE in English


I. rə̇ˈlēs, rēˈ- transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English relesen, relessen, from Old French relessier, relaissier, from Latin relaxare to loosen, relax — more at relax

1. obsolete : to loosen or remove the force or effect of : alleviate

2. : to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude : set at liberty : let go

release a bent bow

ordered all prisoners released

release a caged bird

treated as an inferior himself and he has to release his frustrations somewhere — Darrell Berrigan

3. : to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses

waiting for death to release him from his agony

asked her to release him from his promise

4. : to give up (a claim, title, right) in favor of another : surrender , relinquish , resign , quit

release a claim to property

release all claims or demands regarding personal injury

release a reserved seat in a plane flight

5. : to give permission for the publication, performance, exhibition, or sale of (as a film, news article, phonograph record) on but not before a specified date


a. obsolete : to grant remission of (a debt, tax)

b. : mitigate

Synonyms: see free

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English reles, from Middle French reles, relais, from Old French, from relessier, relaissier


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

unconsciousness brought a merciful release from his pain

b. : salvation or spiritual liberation from all earthly bondage and temporal contingencies : moksha


a. : discharge from obligation or responsibility (as a debt, penalty, or claim) : a giving up (as of a right or claim) : relinquishment

b. : an act or instrument by which a legal right is discharged : quitclaim ; specifically : a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements to another having an estate in possession — compare acquittance


a. : the act of liberating or freeing : discharge from restraint

awaiting release from jail

sudden release of free oxygen caused the explosion

release of homing pigeons

release of gas from a balloon

b. : the mode of holding and loosing an arrow in shooting with a bow — compare mediterranean release , mongolian release , primary release

c. : the act or manner of concluding a musical tone or phrase — compare attack

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

e. : a relaxation of the muscles after contraction in dancing

4. : an instrument formally discharging from restraint or custody


a. : the act of permitting a working fluid (as steam) to escape from the cylinder at the end of the working stroke

b. : the point in the cycle of operations or on the corresponding indicator diagram at which this act occurs

c. : the period during exhaust from the point of escape to where the pressure of the exhausting fluid is sensibly that of the condenser or of the outside air


a. : the state of being liberated or freed

the long summer release from school

b. : a freeing (as of a young forest tree) from the competing effects of taller overshadowing vegetation

a statistical analysis of the value of release cuttings

the time of release is apparent in cross section because of the sudden increase in growth increment — E. Lucy Braun

7. : a device adapted to hold and later release a mechanism as required: as

a. : a catch on a motor-starting rheostat that automatically releases the rheostat arm and so stops the motor in case of a break in the field circuit

b. : the catch on an electromagnetic circuit breaker for a motor which acts in case of an overload

c. : a device for releasing the cocked shutter of a camera during picture taking


a. : the act of permitting performance or publication

b. : the matter released ; especially : a statement prepared for the press by a public figure, a government agency, an organization

c. : a printed card conveying information and instructions to be used with a block-signaling system at intermediate sidings or at offices lacking telegraphic stations

9. : the usually contrasting middle portion of a popular song

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.