English Thesaurus

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819



  1. set free, free, discharge, liberate, drop, deliver, loose, let go, undo, let out, extricate, untie, disengage, emancipate, unchain, unfasten, turn loose, unshackle, unloose, unfetter, unbridle, manumit • He was released from custody the next day.
    opposites: keep, hold, engage, detain, imprison, fasten, incarcerate
  2. acquit, excuse, exempt, let go, dispense, let off, exonerate, absolve • He wants to be released from any promise between us.
  3. dissipate, dissolve, disperse, dispel, drive away • Humour is wonderful for releasing tension.
  4. issue, publish, make public, make known, break, present, launch, distribute, unveil, put out, circulate, disseminate • They're not releasing any more details yet.
    opposites: suppress, withhold
  5. give off, discharge, send out, throw out, radiate, diffuse, emanate, exude, cast out, send forth • a weapon that releases toxic nerve gas
  6. launch, market, unveil, bring out, make available, put on the market, put on sale • He is releasing an album of love songs.


  1. liberation, freedom, delivery, liberty, discharge, emancipation, deliverance, manumission, relief • the secret negotiations necessary to secure the release of the hostages
    opposites: detention, imprisonment, incarceration, internment
  2. acquittal, exemption, let-off (informal), dispensation, absolution, exoneration, acquittance • a blessed release from the obligation to work
  3. issue, announcement, publication, proclamation, propagation, offering • a meeting held after the release of the report
  4. emission, issue, shedding, radiation, discharge, transmission, diffusion, ejaculation, issuance, exhalation, emanation, exudation, giving off or out • releases of cancer-causing chemicals
  5. publication, book, CD, record, film, video, album, disc • this week's new releases

'release' in Other Languages

  • British English: releasePronunciation for release When someone is released, you refer to their release.He called for the immediate release of the prisoner.rɪˈliːs NOUN
  • Arabic: إطْلاقPronunciation for إطْلاق
  • Brazilian Portuguese: libertaçãoPronunciation for libertação
  • Chinese: 释放Pronunciation for 释放
  • Croatian: puštanjePronunciation for puštanje
  • Czech: propuštěníPronunciation for propuštění
  • Danish: frigivelsePronunciation for frigivelse
  • Dutch: vrijlatingPronunciation for vrijlating
  • European Spanish: liberaciónPronunciation for liberación
  • Finnish: vapautusPronunciation for vapautus
  • French: libérationPronunciation for libération
  • German: ErlösungPronunciation for Erlösung
  • Greek: απελευθέρωσηPronunciation for απελευθέρωση
  • Italian: liberazionePronunciation for liberazione
  • Japanese: 解放Pronunciation for 解放
  • Korean: 해방Pronunciation for 해방
  • Norwegian: løslatelsePronunciation for løslatelse
  • Polish: wypuszczeniePronunciation for wypuszczenie
  • Portuguese: libertaçãoPronunciation for libertação
  • Romanian: eliberare eliberări
  • Russian: освобождениеPronunciation for освобождение
  • Spanish: liberaciónPronunciation for liberación
  • Swedish: frigivningPronunciation for frigivning
  • Thai: การปลดปล่อย การปลดปล่อยเป็นอิสระPronunciation for การปลดปล่อย การปลดปล่อยเป็นอิสระ
  • Turkish: serbest bırakmaPronunciation for serbest bırakma
  • Ukrainian: звільнення
  • Vietnamese: sự phóng thíchPronunciation for sự phóng thích
  • British English: releasePronunciation for release If a person or animal is released from somewhere where they have been locked up or looked after, they are set free or allowed to go.He was released from custody the next day.rɪˈliːs VERB
  • Arabic: يُطْلِقُPronunciation for يُطْلِقُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: libertarPronunciation for libertar
  • Chinese: 释放Pronunciation for 释放
  • Croatian: pustitiPronunciation for pustiti
  • Czech: propustitPronunciation for propustit propouštět
  • Danish: frigivePronunciation for frigive
  • Dutch: vrijlatenPronunciation for vrijlaten
  • European Spanish: poner en libertadPronunciation for poner en libertad
  • Finnish: vapauttaaPronunciation for vapauttaa
  • French: libérerPronunciation for libérer
  • German: befreienPronunciation for befreien
  • Greek: απελευθερώνωPronunciation for απελευθερώνω
  • Italian: liberarePronunciation for liberare
  • Japanese: 解放するPronunciation for 解放する
  • Korean: 해방하다Pronunciation for 해방하다
  • Norwegian: slippe friPronunciation for slippe fri
  • Polish: wypuścićPronunciation for wypuścić wypuszczać
  • Portuguese: libertarPronunciation for libertar
  • Romanian: a elibera
  • Russian: освобождатьPronunciation for освобождать
  • Spanish: poner en libertadPronunciation for poner en libertad
  • Swedish: frigePronunciation for frige
  • Thai: ปลดปล่อยPronunciation for ปลดปล่อย
  • Turkish: serbest bırakmakPronunciation for serbest bırakmak
  • Ukrainian: випускати на волю випустити на волю
  • Vietnamese: phóng thíchPronunciation for phóng thích


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