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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Release \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.
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     2. Relief from care, pain, or any burden.
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     3. Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt,
        penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.
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     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.
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     5. (Steam Engine) The act of opening the exhaust port to
        allow the steam to escape.
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     6. (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
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     7. (Phon.) The act or manner of ending a sound.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     8. (Railroads) In the block-signaling system, a printed card
        conveying information and instructions to be used at
        intermediate sidings without telegraphic stations.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Lease and release. (Law) See under Lease.
     Out of release, without cessation. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     Syn: Liberation; freedom; discharge. See Death.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Release \Re*lease"\ (r?-l?s"), v. t. [Pref. re + lease to let.]
     To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Release \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.
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              Now at that feast he released unto them one
              prisoner, whomsoever they desired.    --Mark xv. 6.
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     2. To relieve from something that confines, burdens, or
        oppresses, as from pain, trouble, obligation, penalty.
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     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.
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     4. To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of; as, to
        release an ordinance. [Obs.] --Hooker.
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              A sacred vow that none should aye release.
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     Syn: To free; liberate; loose; discharge; disengage;
          extricate; let go; quit; acquit.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a
           record or film); "a new release from the London Symphony
      2: the act of liberating someone or something [syn:
         liberation, release, freeing]
      3: a process that liberates or discharges something; "there was
         a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the
         thyroid gland"
      4: an announcement distributed to members of the press in order
         to supplement or replace an oral presentation [syn:
         handout, press release, release]
      5: the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to
         depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, discharge,
         firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking]
      6: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his
         passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit,
         expiration, going, release]
      7: a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or
         obligation [syn: acquittance, release]
      8: a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
         [syn: release, button]
      9: activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion;
         "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to
         his anger" [syn: release, outlet, vent]
      10: the act of allowing a fluid to escape [syn: spill,
          spillage, release]
      11: a formal written statement of relinquishment [syn:
          release, waiver, discharge]
      12: (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or
          tone [syn: release, tone ending]
      v 1: release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle,
           please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't
           fall" [syn: let go of, let go, release, relinquish]
           [ant: hold, take hold]
      2: grant freedom to; free from confinement [syn: free,
         liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose] [ant:
         confine, detain]
      3: let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the
         flour onto a plate" [syn: turn, release]
      4: prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; "publish a
         magazine or newspaper" [syn: publish, bring out, put
         out, issue, release]
      5: eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted
         in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas" [syn: exhaust,
         discharge, expel, eject, release]
      6: generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids; "secrete
         digestive juices"; "release a hormone into the blood stream"
         [syn: secrete, release]
      7: make (information) available for publication; "release the
         list with the names of the prisoners" [syn: free,
      8: part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my
         bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the
         throne" [syn: release, relinquish, resign, free,
         give up]
      9: release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or
         physical decomposition [syn: release, free, liberate]
      10: make (assets) available; "release the holdings in the
          dictator's bank account" [syn: unblock, unfreeze,
          free, release] [ant: block, freeze, immobilise,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  466 Moby Thesaurus words for "release":
     OK, abandonment, abjuration, absolution, absolve, accord, account,
     acknowledgment, acquaintance, acquit, acquittal, acquittance,
     admission, admit, advice, allow, allowance, amnesty, annihilation,
     announcement, bane, biological death, blue book, boot, bounce,
     break, break loose, break out, break up, breakout, breakup,
     briefing, bulletin, bump, bust, can, canceled check, cashier,
     cast loose, cast off, catharsis, cessation of life, cession,
     charter, circulate, cleanse, cleanse away, cleansing, clear,
     clearance, clearing, clinical death, come out with, communication,
     communique, compurgation, consent, crossing the bar, curtains,
     cut loose, data, datum, deactivate, deactivation, death,
     death knell, debrief, debt of nature, decease, decontaminate,
     defrock, degrade, deliver, deliverance, delivery, demise, demob,
     demobilization, demobilize, demote, departure, deplume, depose,
     deprive, destigmatization, destigmatize, destigmatizing, detach,
     detachment, diaspora, diplomatic immunity, directory, disband,
     disbandment, disbar, discharge, disculpation, disembarrass,
     disembroil, disemploy, disengage, disentangle, disintegrate,
     disintegration, disinvolve, dislodge, dismiss, dismissal,
     disorganization, disorganize, dispatch, dispensation, dispense,
     dispense from, dispense with, dispersal, disperse, dispersion,
     displace, displume, disposal, disposition, disseminate,
     dissolution, dissolve, distribute, doff, doom, drum out, dumping,
     dying, ebb of life, emancipate, emancipation, embassy, emergence,
     emotional release, end, end of life, ending, enlightenment, escape,
     escapism, eternal rest, evasion, evidence, except, exception,
     exculpate, exculpation, excuse, exempt, exempt from, exemption,
     exit, exonerate, exoneration, expel, expiration, express,
     extinction, extinguishment, extract, extricate, extrication, facts,
     factual information, familiarization, final summons,
     finger of death, fire, flight, forgive, forgiveness, forgoing,
     forswearing, franchise, free, free from, freedom, freeing,
     furlough, gen, general information, get out, getaway,
     getting rid of, give absolution, give dispensation from,
     give leave, give off, give out, give permission, give release,
     give respite, give the ax, give the gate, give the go-ahead,
     give the word, giving up, go bail for, go separate ways, going,
     going off, grant, grant amnesty to, grant bail to, grant immunity,
     grant remission, grave, guidebook, hand of death, hand out,
     handout, hard information, immunity, incidental information, info,
     information, instruction, intelligence, intermission, intermit,
     issuance, issue, jailbreak, jaws of death, justify, kick,
     kick upstairs, knell, knowledge, last debt, last muster, last rest,
     last roundup, last sleep, launch, lay off, leak, leakage, leave,
     leave go, leaving life, legislative immunity, let, let go,
     let go free, let loose, let loose of, let off, let out, letter,
     letting go, liberate, liberation, liberty, license, lifesaving,
     light, loose, loosen, loosing, loss of life, make available,
     make possible, make redundant, making an end, manumission, manumit,
     mention, message, muster out, nonpros, notice, notification, okay,
     outlet, pardon, parole, part, part company, parting, pass out,
     passing, passing away, passing over, patent, pension off,
     perishing, permission, permission to enter, permit, pneumatogram,
     present, presentation, press release, prisonbreak, privilege,
     promotional material, proof, publication, publicity, publish,
     purgation, purge, purge away, purging, put on parole, put out,
     quash the charge, quietus, quittance, ransom, read out of,
     recantation, receipt, receipt in full, recover, recovery, redeem,
     redemption, releasing, relinquish, relinquishment, remise,
     remission, remit, removal, remove, renunciation, replace, report,
     reprieve, rescue, rescuing, resign, resignation, respite, rest,
     retire, retraction, retrieval, retrieve, reward, riddance, sack,
     sacrifice, salvage, salvation, save, save the necessity, saving,
     say the word, scatter, sentence of death, separate,
     separate forcibly, separation, set at large, set free,
     setting-free, shades of death, shadow of death, shrive, sidelight,
     sleep, somatic death, spare, special permission, split up,
     split-up, statement, story, strip, summons of death, superannuate,
     surcease, surplus, surrender, suspend, suspension, swearing off,
     take off, tear loose, telegram, the dope, the goods, the know,
     the scoop, ticket, ticket of admission, transmission, turn off,
     turn out, unbar, unbind, unbinding, unbolt, unbolting, unbridling,
     unbuckle, unbuckling, unbutton, uncaging, unchain, unchaining,
     unclasp, unclutch, undo, unfasten, unfetter, unfettering, unfrock,
     ungagging, unglue, unhand, unhanding, unharnessing, unhobbling,
     unknot, unlace, unlashing, unlatch, unlatching, unleash,
     unleashing, unlock, unlocking, unloose, unloosen, unloosing,
     unmanacling, unmuzzling, unpenning, unravel, unshackle,
     unshackling, unsnarl, unstick, unstrap, unstrapping, untangle,
     untethering, untie, untrussing, untying, unveil, unyoking, vent,
     verdict of acquittal, vindicate, vindication, voucher, vouchsafe,
     vouchsafement, waiver, warrant, weigh anchor, white book,
     white paper, whitewash, withdraw the charge, word, yield,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  released version
      (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
     Pre-release versions may be called alpha test, or beta
     test versions.
     See change management.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RELEASE, estates. The "conveyance of a man's interest or right, which he 
  hath unto a thing, to another that hath the possession thereof, or some 
  estate therein." Touch. 320. 
       2. The words generally used in such conveyance, are, "remised, 
  released, and forever quit claimed." Litt. sec, 445. 
       3. Releases of land are, in respect of their operation, divided into 
  four sorts. 1. Releases that enure by way of passing the estate, or mitter 
  l'estate. (q.v.) 2. Releases that enure by way of passing the right, or 
  mitter le droit. 3. Releases that enure by enlargement of the estate; and 
       4. Releases that enure by way of extinguishment. Vide 4 Cruise, 71; Co. 
  Lit. 264; 3 Marsh. Decis. 185; Gilb. Ten. 82; 2 Sumn. R. 487; 10 Pick. R. 
  195; 10 John. R. 456; 7 Mass. R. 381; 8 Pick. R. 143; 5 Har. & John. 158; N. 
  H. Rep. 402; Paige's R. 299. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RELEASE. Releases are of two kinds. 1. Such as give up, discharge, or 
  abandon a right of action. 2. Such as convey a man's interest or right to 
  another, who has possession of it, or some estate in the same. Touch. 320; 
  Litt. sec. 444; Nels. Ab. h.t.; Bac. Ab. h.t.; Vin. Ab. h.t.; Rolle's Ab. 
  h.t.; Com. Dig. h.t. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RELEASE, contracts. A release is the giving or discharging of a right of 
  action which a man has or may claim against another, or that which is his. 
  Touch. 320 Bac. Ab. h.t.; Co. Litt. 264 a. 
       2. This kind of a release is different from that which is used for the 
  purpose of convoying real estate. Here a mere right is surrendered; in the 
  other case not only a right is given up, but an interest in the estate is 
  conveyed, and becomes vested in the release. 
       3. Releases may be considered, as to their form, their different kinds, 
  and their effect. Sec. 1. The operative words of a release are remise, 
  release, quitclaim, discharge and acquit; but other words will answer the 
  purpose. Sid. 265; Cro. Jac. 696; 9 Co. 52; Show. 331. 
       4.-Sec. 2. Releases are either express, or releases in deed; or those 
  arising by operation of law. An express release is one which is distinctly 
  made in the deed; a release by operation of law, is one which, though not 
  expressly made, the law presumes in consequence of some act of, the 
  releasor; for instance, when, one of several joint obligors is expressly 
  released, the others are also released by operation of law. 3 Salk. 298. 
  Hob. 10; Id. 66; Noy, 62; 4 Mod. 380; 7 Johns. Rep. 207. 
       5. A release may also be implied; as, if a creditor voluntarily deliver 
  to his debtor the bond, note, or other evidence of his claim. And when the 
  debtor is in possession of such security, it will be presumed that it has 
  been delivered to him. Poth. Obl. n. 608, 609. 
       6.-Sec. 3. As to their effect, releases 1st, acquit the releasee: and 
  2dly, enable him to be examined as a witness. 
       7.-1st. Littleton says a release of all demands is the best and 
  strongest release. Sect. 508. Lord Coke, on the contrary, says claims is a 
  stronger word. Co. Litt. 291 b. 
       8. In general the words of a release will he restrained by the 
  particular occasion of giving it. 3 Lev. 273; 1 Show. 151: 2 Mod. 108, n.; 2 
  Show. 47; T. Raym. 399 3 Mod. 277; Palm. 218; 1 Lev. 235. 
       9. The reader is referred to the following cases where a construction 
  has been given to the expressions mentioned. A release of "all actions, 
  suits and demands," 3 Mod. 277: "all actions, debts, duties, and demands," 
  Ibid. 1 and 64; 3 Mod. 185; 8 Co. 150 b; 2 Saund. 6 a; all demands," 5 Co. 
  70, b; 2 Mod. 281; 3 Mod 278; 1 Lev. 99; Salk. 578; 2 Rolle's Rep. 12 Mod. 
  465; 2 Conn. Rep. 120; "all actions, quarrels, trespasses" Dy. 2171 pl. 2; 
  Cro. Jac. 487; "all errors, and all actions, suits, and writs of error 
  whatsoever," T. Ray. 3 99 all suits," 8 Co. 150 of covenants," 5 Co. 70 b. 
      10.-2d. A release by a witness where he has an interest in the matter 
  which is the subject of the suit or release by the party on whose side he is 
  interested, renders him competent. 1 Phil. Ev. 102, and the cases cited in 
  n. a. Vide 2 Chitt. It. 329; 1 D. & R. 361; Harr. Dig. h.t.; Bouv. Inst. 
  Index, h.t. 

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