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release

re·lease

release

 
 
pronunciation:
rih lis
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: released, releases, releasing
definition 1: to liberate from confinement or other form of constraint, such as obligation or pain.
We released the small fish into the pond.The landlord would not release him from his contract.
 
synonyms:
emancipate, free, liberate, loose, unshackle
antonyms:
check, detain, hold, incarcerate, jail, restrain
similar words:
absolve, acquit, amnesty, deliver, discharge, dismiss, excuse, exonerate, extricate, let off, pardon, rescue, untie
definition 2: to unfasten or let go of.
He released the handle.The little girl was reluctant to release her father's hand.
synonyms:
loose, loosen, unbind, undo, unfasten
antonyms:
bind, clasp, clutch, grasp, grip, hold, seize
similar words:
detach, disengage, disentangle, drop, extricate, spring, unhook, untie
definition 3: to allow the publication, circulation, or sale of.
The police department released photos of the suspects.When was Elvis Presley's first record released?
similar words:
circulate, distribute, publish
definition 4: in law, to surrender or give up (a right or claim).
synonyms:
disclaim, renounce, waive
similar words:
forgo, relinquish, surrender
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of liberating from constraint.
His family celebrated his release from prison.
synonyms:
emancipation, freeing, liberation
antonyms:
arrest, grip
similar words:
relaxation, relief, undoing
definition 2: an authorization to publish or circulate information.
definition 3: a news story or other piece prepared for publication in a newspaper or announcement on radio or television; press release.
synonyms:
news release, press release
definition 4: a device that allows a machine to start or stop.
definition 5: a document that surrenders a right or claim.
synonyms:
disclaimer, waiver
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