release - definition and synonyms


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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 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/uncountable] the action of making a new film, game, or other product available for people to use, see, or buy

      Consumers and gadget lovers are eagerly awaiting the release of the new iPad.

      We knew that the game’s release was imminent.

    2. b.
      [countable] a new film, game, or other product that is available for people to see or buy

      The band’s latest release is calledWhite Clouds’.

    3. c.
      computing a new version of software

      Rushing for the latest release is certainly not in the best interests of every user.

  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.