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noun release pronunciation in American English /rɪˈlis/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the act of letting someone leave a place such as a prison or hospital
    release of:

    The release of Nelson Mandela was watched by millions of people on TV.

    release from:

    He was taken home on his release from the hospital.

    secure someone’s release:

    The Foreign Office has finally secured her release from prison.

    1. a.
      the act of letting an animal leave the place where you have been keeping it
  2. 2
    [uncountable] science a situation in which something such as a chemical is spread into the area or atmosphere around it

    We’re doing all we can to prevent the release of toxic waste into the oceans.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the act of making something available
    release of:

    the release of secret government information

    1. a.
      [countable] a new movie, video, or CD that is available for people to see or buy

      The band’s latest release is calledWhite Clouds.”

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the act of moving a piece of equipment from the position that it is held in
    1. a.
      [countable] a part on a piece of equipment that you push or pull to release it
  5. 5
    [singular/uncountable] a feeling of freedom that you have after a difficult or emotional experience
  6. 6
    [countable/uncountable] an opportunity or permission not to do something

    The weekend was a much-needed release from work.

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