- The definition of a release is a letting go, setting free or relief.
An example of release is the allowing of a person to be free from the terms of a contract.
- Release is defined as to set free or to relieve.
An example of release is to set a bird free from captivity.
A pair of doves being released.
release definition by Webster's New World
- to set free, as from confinement, duty, work, etc.
- to let go or let loose: to release an arrow
- to grant freedom from a tax, penalty, obligation, etc.
- to set free from pain, cares, etc.; relieve
- ☆ to permit to be issued, shown, published, broadcast, etc.; put into circulation
- Law to give up or surrender to someone else (a claim, right, etc.)
Origin: Middle English relesen ; from Old French relaisser ; from Classical Latin relaxare: see relax
- a setting free or being set free; deliverance; liberation
- a freeing or being freed from a tax, obligation, etc.
- a relief from pain, cares, etc.
- relief from emotional tension through a spontaneous, uninhibited expression of an emotion
- a document authorizing release, as from an obligation, from prison, etc.
- the act of letting loose something caught, held in position, etc.
- a device to release a catch, etc., as for starting or stopping a machine
- the act of releasing a book, film, news story, etc. to the public
- the book, film, news story, etc. released
- the act or method of ending a tone
- ☆ 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 melody
- a giving up or surrender to someone else, as of a claim or right
- the document by which this is done; quitclaim
release definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb re·leased, re·leas·ing, re·leas·es
- To set free from confinement, restraint, or bondage: released the prisoners.
- To free from something that binds, fastens, or holds back; let go: released the balloons; released a flood of questions.
- To dismiss, as from a job.
- To relieve of debt or obligation.
- To relieve of care and suffering.
- a. To issue for performance, sale, publication, or distribution.b. To make known or available.
- To relinquish (a right or claim).
- A deliverance or liberation, as from confinement, restraint, or suffering.
- An authoritative discharge, as from an obligation or from prison.
- An unfastening or letting go of something caught or held fast.
- A device or catch for locking or releasing a mechanism.
- a. The act or an instance of issuing something for publication, use, or distribution.b. Something thus released: a new release of a software program.c. The condition of being available, in use, or in publication: a movie in wide release.
- Law a. Relinquishment to another of a right, title, or claim.b. The document authorizing such relinquishment.
- Linguistics The movement of a vocal organ or organs so as to end the closure of a stop consonant.
Origin: Middle English relesen, from Old French relaissier, alteration of relacher, from Latin relaxāre; see relax.
release - Business Definition
- To make an asset available. For example, a lender releases real estate from a mortgage lien after the loan has been fully repaid.
- To free a person from an obligation. For example, a tenant is released from a lease.
release - Computer Definition
release - Legal Definition
- Freeing from an obligation or commitment.
- Liberating one from a duty or claim that she could have been held legally liable for.
- Surrendering of a right or title.
- A written permission to publish or to quote in print, given to a newspaper or book publisher by the quote’s legal owner.
- A discharge from custody, confinement, or imprisonment, whether with certain provisos or unconditionally.