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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ri-lees]
    • /rɪˈlis/
    • /rɪˈliːs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ri-lees]
    • /rɪˈlis/

Definitions of release word

  • verb with object release to lease again. 1
  • verb with object release Law. to make over (land, property, etc.), as to another. 1
  • noun release a contract for re-leasing land or property. 1
  • noun release the land or property re-leased. 1
  • transitive verb release liberate 1
  • transitive verb release let go of, stop grasping 1

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Origin of release

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English reles(s)en < Old French relesser, relaissier < Latin relaxāre to loosen (see relax); (noun) Middle English reles(e) < Old French reles, relais, derivative of relesser, relaisser

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Parts of speech for Release


release popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

release usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for release

noun release

  • abolitionism — the principle or policy of abolition, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.
  • abreaction — the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness
  • absolution — If someone is given absolution, they are forgiven for something wrong that they have done.
  • acquittal — Acquittal is a formal declaration in a court of law that someone who has been accused of a crime is innocent.
  • announcement — An announcement is a statement made to the public or to the media which gives information about something that has happened or that will happen.

verb release

  • absolve — If a report or investigation absolves someone from blame or responsibility, it formally states that he or she is not guilty or is not to blame.
  • acquit — If someone is acquitted of a crime in a court of law, they are formally declared not to have committed the crime.
  • affranchise — to release from servitude or an obligation
  • allow for — If you allow for certain problems or expenses, you include some extra time or money in your planning so that you can deal with them if they occur.
  • allow — If someone is allowed to do something, it is all right for them to do it and they will not get into trouble.

Antonyms for release

verb release

  • abduct — If someone is abducted by another person, he or she is taken away illegally, usually using force.
  • abridge — to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
  • absorb — If something absorbs a liquid, gas, or other substance, it soaks it up or takes it in.
  • accessed — the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance: They have access to the files.
  • accessing — the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance: They have access to the files.

noun release

  • apprehension — Apprehension is a feeling of fear that something bad may happen.
  • arrest — If the police arrest you, they take charge of you and take you to a police station, because they believe you may have committed a crime.
  • bunny hug — a ballroom dance with syncopated rhythm, popular in America in the early 20th century
  • clamp — A clamp is a device that holds two things firmly together.
  • command — If someone in authority commands you to do something, they tell you that you must do it.

Top questions with release

  • how to write a press release?
  • how to release gas?

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