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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun release:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb release:


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Definition of the noun release

What does release mean as a name of something?

Release is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: releases

  1. merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
    • example: a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: merchandise / product / ware = commodities offered for sale
  2. the act of liberating someone or something
  3. a process that liberates or discharges something
    • examples: there was a sudden release of oxygen | the release of iodine from the thyroid gland
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • more generic terms: action / activity / natural action / natural process = a process existing in or produced by nature
    • more specific word: emission = the release of electrons from parent atoms
  4. an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
  5. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  6. euphemistic expressions for death
  7. a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
  8. a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of release: button
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  9. activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of release: outlet / vent
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
  10. the act of allowing a fluid to escape
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of release: spill / spillage
    • more generic words: flow / stream = the act of flowing or streaming
  11. a formal written statement of relinquishment
  12. (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of release: tone ending
    • more generic words: conclusion / ending / termination = the act of ending something
    • more specific words: explosion / plosion = the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

Alternative definition of the noun release


  1. [software] The distribution of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product; the distribution can be both public or private.
  2. Anything recently released or made available (as for sale).
  3. That which is released, untied or let go.

Specialised definition of the noun release

Glossary of management / IT service management / change management

a collection of new and/or changed configuration items which are tested and introduced into the live environment together

Glossary of management / IT service management / configuration management

a new and/or changed configuration item which is advanced for use at a later stage in the lifecycle (e.g. development to test, test to live)

Glossary of management / IT service management / software control and distribution

a software configuration item which is introduced into the test, and subsequently the live, environment

  • note: In most cases the release will also include documentation and possibly hardware as well.

Glossary of sports / archery

the act of letting go of the string to launch the arrow

Glossary of sports / artistic gymnastics

the act of leaving the bar and performing a move before the re-grasp

Glossary of sports / athletics

in the throwing disciplines of track and field, the moment when the equipment leaves the thrower's hand, also a term for the process of throwing the javelin, discus etc. Important aspects are the release line, which is not to be crossed by the thrower, and the angle of release, which is an important factor influencing the optimal flight of the object. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / basketball

the moment that the ball leaves a shooter's hands

Glossary of sports / bowling

the point at which the ball is put onto the lane; also, the hand action that takes place at that point

Glossary of sports / rowing

the portion of the stroke when the oar is removed from the water

Glossary of sports / skiing

a mechanism that detaches the ski binding from the boot, when a certain amount of force is applied, to help prevent injury after a fall

Definition of the verb release

What does release mean as a doing word?

Release is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: released | releasing | releases

  1. release, as from one's grip
  2. grant freedom to; free from confinement
    • example: They want to release the prisoners
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of release: free / liberate / loose / unloose / unloosen
    • more specific terms:
      • unspell = release from a spell
      • unchain = make free
      • bail = release after a security has been paid
      • run = set animals loose to graze
      • bail out = free on bail
      • parole = release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
  3. let (something) fall or spill from a container
  4. prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
  5. eliminate (a substance)
  6. generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
    • example: release a hormone into the blood stream
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of release: secrete
    • more generic terms: exudate / exude / ooze / ooze out / transude = release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
    • more specific word: water = secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
  7. make (information) available for publication
    • example: release the list with the names of the prisoners
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of release: free
    • more generic words: issue / supply = circulate or distribute or equip with
    • more specific word: declassify = lift the restriction on and make available again
  8. part with a possession or right
  9. release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
  10. make (assets) available
    • example: release the holdings in the dictator's bank account
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of release: free / unblock / unfreeze
    • more generic words: issue / supply = circulate or distribute or equip with

Alternative definition of the verb release


  1. To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
  2. To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.
  3. To make available to the public.
  4. To free or liberate; to set free.
  5. To discharge.
  6. [telephone] [qualifier, of a call] To hang up.
  7. [soccer] To set up; to provide with a goal-scoring opportunity


  1. Release is a record label.
  2. Release, founded in 1967 by Caroline Coon and the Rufus Harris, is a UK agency that provides legal advice and arranges legal representation for people charged with the possession of drugs. Release is now the oldest independent drugs charity in the world and continues to provide a range of services dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and legal needs of drugs users and those who live and work with them.


  1. "Release" is the eighth studio album by the English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in 2002.
  2. "Release" is a song performed by American producer, songwriter and rapper Timbaland, taken from his second studio album Shock Value. The song features vocals by longtime collaborator Justin Timberlake. Mosley and Timberlake co-wrote the song together with American songwriter Craig Longmile. The song was produced solely by Timbaland and recorded in various locations in the United States. "Release" is an uptempo house and funk song that incorporates elements of dance and urban music.
  3. "Release" is David Knopfler's first solo album after leaving Dire Straits. It was released in 1983 on the Peach River and Passport labels, and in 1997 on the Paris label.
  4. "Release" is a musical single of Medway.
    • also known as Release (disc 2), Release (disc 1)
    • released on (14 years ago)
  5. "Release" is the fourth and final album by the experimental band Cop Shoot Cop.
  6. "Release" is Sister Hazel's seventh studio album. It was released on August 18, 2009 through Croakin' Poets/Rock Ridge.
  7. "Release" is a composition.
  8. "Release" is a song by Canadian rock band The Tea Party. It was released as a charity single in Canada and a promotional single in the USA. The music video was shot in Paris and Toronto.
  9. "Release", is an album by German industrial music artist P·A·L. It was released in Europe by Ant-Zen records as a CD.
  10. "Release" is a musical album of Chris Brann.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  11. "Release" is a musical album of Steve Smyth.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  12. "Release" is a musical single of Free State.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  13. "Release" is a musical album of Henry Gross.
    • released in (40 years ago)
  14. "Release" (釋放)is a Mandarin music album of Cantonese singer Nicholas Tse.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  15. "Release" is a musical single of Seeed.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  16. "Release" is a musical single of Dennean & Crystal Clear.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  17. "Release" is a musical single of Arsenal.
    • released in (17 years ago)


  1. "Release" is a 2010 British film starring Daniel Brocklebank, Garry Summers, Bernie Hodges and Wayne Virgo. The film was written and directed by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin.
  2. "Release" is a 2010 short documentary crime fiction film directed by Bill Morrison.
  3. "Release" is a short film, directed by Kez Glozier.
  4. "Release" is a short film, directed by Roman Musheghyan.
  5. "Release" is a film, directed by Brant Sersen.
  6. "Release" is a short film, directed by Nasser Taghvai.

Phrases with Release

Phrases starting with the word Release:

  1. Release notes
  2. Release Version
  3. Release Candidate

Phrases ending with the word Release:

  1. to release
  2. time-release
  3. Work release
  4. cable release
  5. press release
  6. Timed-Release
  7. Spring-Release
  8. Catch and Release

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Release

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Google previewJudicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases (1905)

A release is a setting free, a deliverance, a liberation, a relinquishment, a discharge, and is a word whose operative effect is from the present on, and without retroactive intent. Parker v. United States (U. S.) 22 Ct. Cl. 100, 104. A release is the ...

Google previewThe Biophysical Basis of Excitability (1985)

by H. G. Ferreira, M. W. Marshall

Since quantal release is an independent event when two quanta are released we should expect the amplitude of the corresponding EPP to be, on average, double the average amplitude of a MEPP. As we are dealing with independent events, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography, 3-Volume Set (2005)

by Lynne Warren

A cable release is a device that allows the camera shutter to be remotely activated. Seen in practical terms, the device allows the photographer to be '' hands-off,'' because even the almost undetectable movement caused by the body's pulse ...

Google previewMaterials Management (2009)

An Executive's Supply Chain Guide by Stan C. McDonald

The high fabrication release is the authorization for the supplier to make and hold completed product; high raw material release is the authorization for the supplier to purchase raw materials. In any balance-out situation, customers would be ...

Google previewAmerican Corrections (2014)

Concepts and Controversies by Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, Christopher Hartney

The decision to grant release is the first and most crucial step in the process. Traditionally, across the United States, a parole board would decide each case on its own merits. Changes in parole policies during the last few decades have been ...

Google previewNikon D750 (2014)

From Snapshots to Great Shots by Rob Sylvan

A remote release is the preferred tool of choice when shooting with the camera set to Bulb (see Chapter 9).

Google previewMathematical Physiology (2009)

II: Systems Physiology by James Keener, James Sneyd

Graded release means that, if Ca2+ influx is smaller, less Ca2+ is released from the ER; release is a smooth and continuous function of influx. This is illustrated in Fig. 12.17. Part A of that figure shows the total L-type channel flux and the ...

Google previewMail Order in the Internet Age (2004)

by Ted Ciuba

Unlike a sales letter, which may run anywhere from 4 - 44 pages, a good press release is a single page. Double-spaced...

Google previewPublishing Tips (2008)

Weekly Strategies for the Independent Writer by Linda A. Lavid

Popular directories: Yahoo, Google, Open Directory Project Marketing Tip: A press release is an article of around 400 words that announces any news about you or your book. Start out with a catchy headline that then leads to the body of the ...

Google previewTake Stage! (1997)

How to Direct and Produce a Lesbian Play by Carolyn Gage

Release. The press release is a brief (no more than two double- spaced pages) article about the production. This is sent to newspapers and magazines. It can also be included in a press kit to radio or TV stations if you are trying to get ...

Google previewMaterial Handling Cyclopedia (1921)

A Reference Book Covering Definitions, Descriptions, Illustrations and Methods of Use of Material Handling Machines, Employed in Industry by Roydon Vincent Wright, John G. Little, Robert Clayton Augur

The no-voltage release is an electromagnetic device having its winding preferably in series with the field of the motor,

When starting shunt motors the no-voltage release is a small coil of low current carrying capacity placed in the shunt field ...

Google previewFreight Cars of the '40s and '50s

by Jeff Wison

Jeff Wilson's latest release is a guide to railroad cars operated during one of the most popular eras to model. You can use the book's highly detailed historical information as inspiration for your layout.

Google previewMellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage (2009)

by David Mellinkoff

release because it relates to the pleading of the original cause of action, not to a new cause of action. relationship of confidence Eisee fiduciary. relative Eisee heirs. relator Usee ex rel. relatrix Eisee ex rel.; Eisee sex. release (v., n.) 1. to wipe ...

Google previewThe Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education (2013)

by Gary McCulloch, David Crook

DAY RELEASE Colleges and universities sometimes form partnerships with employers to provide oneday-a-week courses for apprentices and trainees. Day release is rarely considered to be an employee right, but employers frequently view it ...

Google previewDictionary Of Social Work (2010)

The Definitive A to Z of Social Work and Social Care by John Pierson

early release the release of a prisoner or other person sentenced to custody before the end of the sentence, whether automatically or by a discretionary process. Early release arrangements include parole, home detention curfew and end of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014)

by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito, Djoymi Baker

BAND OFBROTHERS releAse dAte: 2001 productIon compAny: DreamWorks SKG dIstrIButor: HBO cAst : TSgt. Donald Malarkey: Scott Grimes. Maj. Richard D. Winters: Damian Lewis. Capt.

Google previewDictionary of Film Finance and Distribution (2013)

A Guide for Independent Filmmakers by John W. Cones

Relationship/Driven Business Release Slots Release Commitment Remitted or Remittable Reserve for Returns Residuals and Royalties Provision Restraint of Trade Restricted Currencies Retroactive Increase Retroactive Basis Revolving ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Nutrition in Sport (2008)

by Ronald J. Maughan

and release amounts of glutamine and alanine in excess by far of the relative occurrence ...

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Quotes about Release

When I started in the late 1950s, every film I made - no matter how low the budget - got a theatrical release. Today, less that 20-percent of our films get a theatrical release. (Roger Corman)
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The value of this 7-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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