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English noun: release

1. release (artifact) merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)


SamplesA new release from the London Symphony Orchestra.


Broader (hypernym)merchandise, product, ware

2. release (act) the act of liberating someone or something


Synonymsfreeing, liberation


Broader (hypernym)accomplishment, achievement


Narrower (hyponym)clearing, deregulating, deregulation, disentanglement, emancipation, extrication, jail delivery, manumission, parole, probation, relief, unsnarling, untangling

3. release (process) a process that liberates or discharges something


SamplesThere was a sudden release of oxygen.
The release of iodine from the thyroid gland.


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)emission

4. release (communication) an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation


Synonymshandout, press release


Broader (hypernym)announcement, promulgation

5. release (act) the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)


Synonymsdischarge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, sack, sacking


Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination


Narrower (hyponym)conge, congee, deactivation, dishonorable discharge, honorable discharge, inactivation, removal, Section Eight, superannuation

6. release (event) euphemistic expressions for death


SamplesThousands mourned his passing.


Synonymsdeparture, exit, expiration, going, loss, passing


Broader (hypernym)death, decease, expiry


Domain usageeuphemism

7. release (communication) a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation


Synonymsacquittance


Broader (hypernym)instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

8. release (artifact) a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism


Synonymsbutton


Broader (hypernym)device

9. release (act) activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion


SamplesShe had no other outlet for her feelings.
He gave vent to his anger.


Synonymsoutlet, vent


Broader (hypernym)activity

10. release (act) the act of allowing a fluid to escape


Synonymsspill, spillage


Broader (hypernym)flow, stream

11. release (act) a formal written statement of relinquishment


Synonymsdischarge, waiver


Broader (hypernym)relinquishing, relinquishment


Narrower (hyponym)exemption, granting immunity, immunity

12. release (act) (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone


Synonymstone ending


Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination


Narrower (hyponym)explosion, plosion


Domain categorymusic


English verb: release

1. release (contact) release, as from one's grip


SamplesLet go of the door handle, please!.
Relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall.


Synonymslet go, let go of, relinquish


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)bring out, discharge, disengage, let loose, let out, loose, muster out, pop, toggle, unclasp, unhand, unleash, unleash, unleash, withdraw


Antonymshold, take hold

2. release (social) grant freedom to; free from confinement


ExamplesThey want to release the prisoners


Synonymsfree, liberate, loose, unloose, unloosen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)bail, bail out, parole, run, unchain, unspell


Antonymsdetain, confine

3. release (contact) let (something) fall or spill from a container


SamplesTurn the flour onto a plate.


Synonymsturn


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport


Narrower (hyponym)deflate, throw

4. release (communication) prepare and issue for public distribution or sale


SamplesPublish a magazine or newspaper.


ExamplesSam and Sue release the movie


Synonymsbring out, issue, publish, put out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize


Narrower (hyponym)edit

5. release (body) eliminate (a substance)


SamplesCombustion products are exhausted in the engine.
The plant releases a gas.


Synonymsdischarge, eject, exhaust, expel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)abort, bleed, blow, breathe, cough out, cough up, egest, ejaculate, eliminate, emit, eruct, excrete, expectorate, fester, hemorrhage, maturate, ovulate, pass, pass off, shed blood, spew, spew out, spit out, spit up, suppurate

6. release (body) generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids


SamplesSecrete digestive juices.
Release a hormone into the blood stream.


Synonymssecrete


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude


Narrower (hyponym)water

7. release (social) make (information) available for publication


SamplesRelease the list with the names of the prisoners.


Synonymsfree


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)issue, supply


Narrower (hyponym)declassify

8. release (possession) part with a possession or right


SamplesI am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest.
Resign a claim to the throne.


Synonymsfree, give up, relinquish, resign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over


Narrower (hyponym)derequisition, give, sacrifice

9. release (creation) release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition


Synonymsfree, liberate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring forth, generate


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

10. release (change) make (assets) available


SamplesRelease the holdings in the dictator's bank account.


Synonymsfree, unblock, unfreeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)issue, supply


Antonymsimmobilise, immobilize, freeze, block









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