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release

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈliːs/ us  

release verb [T] (MAKE FREE)

B2 to give freedom or free movement to someone or something: He was released from prison after serving two years of a five-year sentence. She was arrested for shoplifting but was released on bail (= after paying a sum of money to the law court).figurative The operation released him from years of pain. to move a device from a fixed position to allow it to move freely: He released the handbrake and the car jumped forwards. to fire a bomb or a missile (= flying weapon), or to allow it to fall: The plane released its bombs at 10,000 feet. C1 to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere: Coal power stations release sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere. Hormones are released from glands into the bloodstream. to express a feeling that you have been trying not to show: He punched the pillow in an effort to release his anger.

release verb [T] (MAKE PUBLIC)

C1 to allow something to be shown in public or to be available for use: Police have released a picture of the man they want to question. The minister has released a statement explaining the reasons for his resignation. B2 If a company releases a film or musical recording, it allows the film to be shown in cinemas, or makes the musical recording available for the public to buy: The band's latest album will be released next week. Indian English to make a product, for example a book, available for the public to buy, often with a celebration; launch: The new edition of the dictionary will be released by the education minister later this month.

release

noun uk   /rɪˈliːs/ us  

release noun (MAKING FREE)

C1 [S or U] an occasion when someone is allowed to leave prison, etc.: Her early release from prison led to a demonstration. C1 [U] the act of flowing out from somewhere: The accident caused the release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. [S or U] a feeling that you are free from something unpleasant: I noticed a release of tension when he left the room. After years of suffering, his death came as a merciful release.

release noun (MAKING PUBLIC)

[U] the act of making something public or available for use: There are strict rules on the release of official information. [C] a written statement that gives information to be broadcast or published: The Department of Transport has issued a press release about the proposals for the new motorway. B2 [C] a musical recording that is made available for the public to buy: Her latest release, a song about doomed love, she wrote herself. be on general release If a film is on/in general release, it is available to be shown in cinemas: The latest film from Disney goes on general release next month.
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