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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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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