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verb [transitive] release pronunciation in British English /rɪˈliːs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereleasing
past tensereleased
past participlereleased
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  1. 1
    to let someone leave a place where they have been kept
    The authorities had recently released two political prisoners.
    The hostages are due to be released at 2 pm today.
    release someone from something: He was released from prison in July.
    1. a.
      to let someone leave a hospital or other place where they have been having medical treatment
      He was taken to a local hospital but released after a check-up.
    2. b.
      to let an animal leave a place where you have been keeping it
      Fully recovered, the birds can now be released back into the wild.
      release something from something: The tiger was accidentally released from its cage.
    3. c.
      to save someone from a place that they are unable to leave
      The men were released by firemen after becoming trapped in a lift.
  2. 3
    science to let a substance or energy spread into the area or atmosphere around it, especially as part of a chemical reaction
    Cooking the grain will release the starch from the outside coating.
    release something into something: Oxygen from the water is released into the atmosphere.
  3. 4
    to move a piece of equipment from the position that it is held in
    Don’t forget to release the handbrake.
  4. 5
    to get rid of a negative feeling, especially one that you have had for a long time
    Take a long walk to release all that pent-up aggression.
  5. 6
    to make information or documents available
    Managers have released few details from yesterday’s meeting.
    These are the first police accident statistics to be released.
    1. a.
      to make a film, game, album etc available for people to see or buy
      They have just released their second album.
  6. 7
    formal to allow someone not to have to do something
    release someone from something: We were released from our classes in order to take part in the celebration.


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