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English definition of “release”

release

verb [T]     /rɪˈliːs/
PRISONER B2 to allow a prisoner to be free : Six hostages were released shortly before midday .Liberating, relaxing and releasing
STOP HOLDING to stop holding someone or something: Release the handle .Liberating, relaxing and releasing
INFORMATION to let the public have news or information about something: Police have not released the dead woman's name .Announcing, informing and statingRevealing secrets and becoming known
RECORD/FILM B2 to make a record or film available for people to buy or see : The album is due to be released in time for Christmas .Available and accessiblePresentCinema - general wordsSound and image recordings
SUBSTANCE to let a substance flow out from somewhere : Dangerous chemicals were accidentally released into the river .Emitting and ejecting
(Definition of release verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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