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release

verb [T]  /rɪˈlis/ us  

release verb [T] (MAKE FREE)

to give freedom to someone: Agents questioned the men, then released them because they had done nothing wrong. If you release a device, you move it from a locked position and allow it to move freely: She released the brake and the car rolled forward.

release verb [T] (STOP HOLDING)

to drop, or to stop carrying, holding, or containing something: The dog brought the ball back to us but wouldn’t release it. The company was charged with releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere.

release verb [T] (MAKE PUBLIC)

to let something be shown in public or made available for use: The police released a drawing of the suspect.

release

noun [C usually sing]  /rɪˈlis/ us  

release noun [C usually sing] (MAKING FREE)

the act of giving freedom to someone: Diplomatic efforts were underway to secure the release of the two journalists.

release noun [C usually sing] (MAKING PUBLIC)

the act of letting something be shown in public or be made available for use: The release of the movie was delayed for several months.
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