› COMMUNICATIONS to make information available to the public: According to a study released last week, nearly 250,000 Britons emigrated last year.release a statement/document/report The conservation group released a report accusing petroleum companies of causing widespread pollution.release details/figures/findings Figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that fixed-rate products accounted for 78% of mortgages in August. Copies of the correspondence between the attorneys have now been released to the media.
› COMMERCE to start to sell a new product: Only a very small percentage of the software games released each year actually make money.release a CD/DVD/movie The record company has just released a CD that brings together the artist's solo and collaborative work.
› FINANCE to make money available to be spent: A spokesman for the transport group said new debt arrangements would release €500 million. Selling their home to release the equity is some people's only way of funding their living expenses in old age.
› PRODUCTION to produce gases or chemical substances as part of a manufacturing or industrial process: Many industrial processes are still releasing great quantities of carbon dioxide.
› to officially say that someone no longer has a job, position, or responsibility: release sb from sth The club has agreed to release three of its players from contract.