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verb [transitive] release pronunciation in British English /rɪˈliːs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereleasing
past tensereleased
past participlereleased
  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. 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.

    2. 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. 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.

  4. 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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