re|lease1 W2S2 [rıˈli:s] v [T]
1¦(let somebody go)¦
2¦(make public)¦
4¦(stop holding/drop)¦
7¦(from a duty)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: relessier, from Latin relaxare; RELAX]
to let someone go free, after having kept them somewhere
→↑free, discharge ↑discharge
Police arrested several men, who were later released.
The bears are eventually released into the wild.
release sb from sth
He was released from the hospital yesterday.
to let news or official information be known and printed
= ↑publish
The new trade figures have just been released.
to make a CD, video, film etc available for people to buy or see
A version of the game for Mac computers will be released in February.
to stop holding or drop something
Thousands of bombs were released over Dresden.
release your grip/hold (on sb/sth)
The sudden noise made him release his hold on her arm.
5.) ¦(FEELINGS)¦
to express or get rid of feelings such as anger or worry
Physical exercise is a good way of releasing stress.
6.) ¦(CHEMICAL)¦
to let a substance flow out
release sth into sth
Oil was released into the sea.
7.) ¦(FROM A DUTY)¦
to allow someone not to do their duty or work
Because of rising costs, the company released 10% of their workforce.
release sb from sth
Williams asked to be released from her contract.
to allow part of a piece of machinery or equipment to move from the position in which it is fastened or held
Release the handbrake first.
release 2
re|lease2 W3S2 n
1¦(from prison)¦
5¦(official statement)¦
1.) ¦(FROM PRISON)¦ [singular, U]
when someone is officially allowed to go free, after being kept somewhere
Before release, the sea lions are fitted with electronic tracking devices.
release from
Simon has obtained early release from prison.
a new CD, video, film etc that is available to buy or see
the band's latest release
b) be on (general) release
if a film is on release, you can go see it in a cinema
The film is on general release.
3.) ¦(FEELINGS)¦ [singular, U]
a) freedom to show or express your feelings
Playing an instrument can be a form of emotional release.
b) a feeling that you are free from the worry or pain that you have been suffering
treatment that will bring a release from pain
4.) ¦(CHEMICALS)¦[U]
when a chemical, gas etc is allowed to flow out of its usual container
release into
the release of toxic waste into the rivers
an official statement, report etc that is made available to be printed or broadcast, or the act of making it available
October 22nd is the date set for the report's release.
6.) ¦(MACHINE)¦
a handle, button etc that can be pressed to allow part of a machine to move

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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