To set free from confinement, restraint, or bondage: released the prisoners. To free from something that binds, fastens, or holds back; let go: released the balloons; released a flood of questions. To dismiss, as from a job. To relieve of debt or obligation. To relieve of care and suffering. To issue for performance, sale, publication, or distribution. To make known or available. To relinquish (a right or claim). A deliverance or liberation, as from confinement, restraint, or suffering. An authoritative discharge, as from an obligation or from prison. An unfastening or letting go of something caught or held fast. A device or catch for locking or releasing a mechanism. The act or an instance of issuing something for publication, use, or distribution. Something thus released: a new release of a software program. The condition of being available, in use, or in publication: a movie in wide release. Law Relinquishment to another of a right, title, or claim. Law The document authorizing such relinquishment. Linguistics The movement of a vocal organ or organs so as to end the closure of a stop consonant.