- release [ri lēs′]vt.released, releasing [ME relesen < OFr relaisser < L relaxare: see RELAX]1. to set free, as from confinement, duty, work, etc.2. to let go or let loose [to release an arrow]3. to grant freedom from a tax, penalty, obligation, etc.4. to set free from pain, cares, etc.; relieve☆ 5. to permit to be issued, shown, published, broadcast, etc.; put into circulation6. Law to give up or surrender to someone else (a claim, right, etc.)n.1. a setting free or being set free; deliverance; liberation2. a freeing or being freed from a tax, obligation, etc.3.a) a relief from pain, cares, etc.b) relief from emotional tension through a spontaneous, uninhibited expression of an emotion4. a document authorizing release, as from an obligation, from prison, etc.5. the act of letting loose something caught, held in position, etc.6. a device to release a catch, etc., as for starting or stopping a machine7.☆ a) the act of releasing a book, film, news story, etc. to the publicb) the book, film, news story, etc. released8. Musica) the act or method of ending a tone☆ b) the third group of eight measures in a common form of 32-bar chorus, as in a popular tune, which supplies a bridge between repetitions of the melody9. Lawa) a giving up or surrender to someone else, as of a claim or rightb) the document by which this is done; quitclaimSYN.- FREE
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