(1)   The act of liberating someone or something
(2)   (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
(3)   A formal written statement of relinquishment
(4)   The termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
(5)   The act of allowing a fluid to escape
(6)   Activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
"She had no other outlet for her feelings"
"He gave vent to his anger"
(7)   Merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
"A new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
(8)   A device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
(9)   A legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
(10)   An announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
(11)   Euphemistic expressions for death
"Thousands mourned his passing"
(12)   A process that liberates or discharges something
"There was a sudden release of oxygen"
"The release of iodine from the thyroid gland"


(13)   Generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
"Secrete digestive juices"
"Release a hormone into the blood stream"
(14)   Eliminate (substances) from the body
(15)   Make (assets) available
"Release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"
(16)   Prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
"Publish a magazine or newspaper"
(17)   Let (something) fall or spill a container
"Turn the flour onto a plate"
(18)   Release, as from one's grip
"Let go of the door handle, please!"
"Relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
(19)   Part with a possession or right
"I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"
"Resign a claim to the throne"
(20)   Grant freedom to; free from confinement
(21)   Make (information) available publication
"Release the list with the names of the prisoners"


  1. The distribution of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product; the distribution can be both public or private.
  2. Anything recently released or made available (as for sale).
    The video store advertised that it had all the latest "releases".
  3. That which is released, untied or let go.
    They marked the occasion with a release of butterflies.


  1. To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
  2. To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.
    He released his grasp on the lever.
  3. To make available to the public.
    They released the new product later than intended.
  4. To free or liberate; to set free.
    He was released after two years in prison.
  5. To discharge.
    They released thousands of gallons of water into the river each month.