verb (used with object), re·leased, re·leas·ing.
- the surrender of a right or the like to another.
- a document embodying such a surrender.
- a control mechanism for starting or stopping a machine, especially by removing some restrictive apparatus.
- the opening of an exhaust port or valve at or near the working stroke of an engine so that the working fluid can be exhausted on the return stroke.
- the point in the stroke of an engine at which the exhaust port or valve is opened.
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verb (used with object), re-leased, re-leas·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for release
Rashad was there to celebrate the release of the Civil Rights drama Selma.
The United States government might not release that information for years, if ever.
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.
The “nature of the crime” was too serious to release him, they said.
And so, he says he left prison without proper ID, just his release papers and the “dress-out gear” he was given by the state.
To release them was easy, and the next second her hands were on his shoulders, her brave eyes raised to him.Mistress Wilding |Rafael Sabatini
Upon his release, he returned to Pittsburgh, determined to kill Hopkins.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist |Alexander Berkman
Amid the stentorian rampage none could hear their cries for aid, none could see their struggles for release.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI) |Louis Creswicke
He has gripped his master's shoulders to make him release his hold upon the girl's arm.Franz Hals |Edgcumbe Staley
He sat down by the bedside to wait until it pleased her to release him.No Name |Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for release
- the opening of the exhaust valve of a steam engine near the end of the piston stroke
- the moment at which this valve opens