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English definition of “release”

release

verb [T] (MAKE FREE)    /rɪˈliːs/
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.Liberating, relaxing and releasing to move a device from a fixed position to allow it to move freely: He released the handbrake and the car jumped forwards.Unfastening and opening to fire a bomb or a missile (= flying weapon), or to allow it to fall: The plane released its bombs at 10,000 feet.Detonation and bombardment 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.Emitting and ejecting to express a feeling that you have been trying not to show: He punched the pillow in an effort to release his anger.Showing and demonstrating
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