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English definition of “release”

release

verb [T] (MAKE PUBLIC)    /rɪˈliːs/
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.Liberating, relaxing and releasingAvailable and accessiblePresent 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.Cinema - general wordsAvailable and accessiblePresent 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.
(Definition of release verb (MAKE PUBLIC) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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