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Meaning of RELEASE

Pronunciation:  ri'lees

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of liberating someone or something
  2. [n]  (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
  3. [n]  a formal written statement of relinquishment
  4. [n]  the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  5. [n]  the act of allowing a fluid to escape
  6. [n]  activity that releases or expresses creative energy or emotion; "she had no other outlet for her feelings"
  7. [n]  merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film); "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
  8. [n]  a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
  9. [n]  an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
  10. [n]  euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
  11. [n]  a process that liberates or discharges something; "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"
  12. [v]  generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids; "secrete digestive juices"
  13. [v]  eliminate, as of bodily substances
  14. [v]  make available, as of assets; or free for sale or publication
  15. [v]  prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; "publish a magazine or newspaper"
  16. [v]  let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"
  17. [v]  release, as from one's hands; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
  18. [v]  part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
  19. [v]  grant freedom to; free from confinement
  20. [v]  make available or free for sale or publication

RELEASE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: acquittance, bring out, departure, discharge, discharge, dismissal, dismission, eject, exit, expel, expiration, firing, free, free, free, freeing, give up, going, handout, issue, let go, let go of, liberate, liberation, loose, loss, outlet, passing, press release, publish, put out, relinquish, relinquish, resign, sack, sacking, secrete, spill, spillage, tone ending, turn, unblock, unfreeze, unloose, unloosen, waiver
 Antonyms: block, confine, detain, freeze, hold, immobilise, immobilize, take hold
 See Also: abort, accomplishment, achievement, action, activity, activity, air, announcement, bail, bail out, bare, bleed, blow, breathe, bring out, channel, channelise, channelize, clearing, conclusion, conge, cough out, cough up, deactivation, death, decease, declassify, deflate, deregulating, deregulation, derequisition, discharge, disengage, disentanglement, dishonorable discharge, egest, ejaculate, eliminate, emancipation, emission, emit, ending, eruct, excrete, exemption, expectorate, explosion, extrication, exudate, exude, fester, flow, give, granting immunity, hand, hemorrhage, immunity, inactivation, instrument, issue, issue, jail delivery, legal document, legal instrument, let loose, let out, loose, manumission, maturate, merchandise, muster out, natural action, natural process, official document, ooze, ooze out, ovulate, parole, parole, pass, pass, pass off, pass on, plosion, probation, product, promulgation, publicise, publicize, reach, relief, relinquishing, relinquishment, removal, run, sacrifice, Section Eight, shed blood, spew, spew out, spit out, spit up, stream, superannuation, supply, supply, suppurate, termination, throw, toggle, transfer, transmit, transport, transude, turn over, unchain, unclasp, unhand, unleash, unsnarling, unspell, untangling, wares, water, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*lease"\, n.
    1. (Mach.) A device adapted to hold or release a device or
       mechanism as required; specif.: (Elec.) A catch on a
       motor-starting rheostat, which automatically releases the
       rheostat arm and so stops the motor in case of a break in
       the field circuit; also, the catch on an electromagnetic
       circuit breaker for a motor, which acts in case of an
    2. (Phon.) The act or manner of ending a sound.
    3. (Railroads) In the block-signaling system, a printed card
       conveying information and instructions to be used at
       intermediate sidings without telegraphic stations.
  2. \Re*lease"\ (r?-l?s"), v. t. [Pref. re + lease to let.]
    To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
  3. \Re*lease"\ (r?-l?s"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Released}
    (r?*l?st"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Releasing}.] [OE. relessen, OF.
    relassier, to release, to let free. See {Relay}, n., {Relax},
    and cf. {Release} to lease again.]
    1. To let loose again; to set free from restraint,
       confinement, or servitude; to give liberty to, or to set
       at liberty; to let go.
             Now at that feast he released unto them one
             prisoner, whomsoever they desired.    --Mark xv. 6.
    2. To relieve from something that confines, burdens, or
       oppresses, as from pain, trouble, obligation, penalty.
    3. (Law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or
       relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying
       to another who has some right or estate in possession, as
       when the person in remainder releases his right to the
       tenant in possession; to quit.
    4. To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of; as, to
       release an ordinance. [Obs.] --Hooker.
             A sacred vow that none should aye release.
    Syn: To free; liberate; loose; discharge; disengage;
         extricate; let go; quit; acquit.
  4. \Re*lease"\, n.
    1. The act of letting loose or freeing, or the state of being
       let loose or freed; liberation or discharge from restraint
       of any kind, as from confinement or bondage. ``Who
       boast'st release from hell.'' --Milton.
    2. Relief from care, pain, or any burden.
    3. Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt,
       penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.
    4. (Law) A giving up or relinquishment of some right or
       claim; a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements
       to another who has some estate in possession; a quitclaim.
    5. (Steam Engine) The act of opening the exhaust port to
       allow the steam to escape.
    {Lease and release}. (Law) See under {Lease}.
    {Out of release}, without cessation. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    Syn: Liberation; freedom; discharge. See {Death}.
Computing Dictionary

(Or "released version", "baseline") A version of a piece of software which has been made public (as opposed to a version that is in development, or otherwise unreleased).

A release is either a major release, a revision, or a bugfix.

Pre-release versions may be called alpha test, or beta test versions.

See change management.