release Definition

  • 1to allow something to be known, published, or made available to the public
  • 2to set someone free from a constraint or obligation
  • 3the act of setting someone or something free from a constraint or obligation

Using release: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "release" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company plans to release a new product next month.

  • Example

    The government released a statement regarding the issue.

  • Example

    The prisoner was released from jail after serving his sentence.

  • Example

    I need to release some stress by going for a run.

release Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for release

Idioms Using release

  • to allow someone to escape from a difficult situation or punishment


    The teacher let the students off the hook for not completing their homework.

  • release the hounds

    to set loose or unleash something dangerous or aggressive


    When the burglars entered the property, the owner released the hounds to scare them away.

  • to relieve stress or anxiety


    After a long day at work, I like to listen to music to release the tension.

Phrases with release

  • the date on which a product or service is made available to the public


    The release date for the new iPhone has been announced.

  • an official statement issued to the news media giving information on a particular matter


    The company issued a press release announcing its financial results.

  • a legal document that grants permission to use someone's image or likeness in a publication or broadcast


    The actor signed a release form allowing the use of his image in the advertisement.

Origins of release

from Old French 'relesser', meaning 'to release, let go, relinquish'


Summary: release in Brief

The verb 'release' [rɪˈliːs] means to make something known or available to the public, or to free someone from a constraint or obligation. It can refer to products, statements, prisoners, or emotions, as in 'I need to release some stress by going for a run.' The phrase 'release date' denotes the day when a product or service becomes available, while 'press release' refers to an official statement given to the media. Idioms like 'let someone off the hook' and 'release the hounds' convey the idea of escaping punishment or unleashing something dangerous.

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