Topic: FILM

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: relessier, from Latin relaxare; RELAX


1 verb
re‧lease1 S2 W2 [transitive]

let somebody go

to let someone go free, after having kept them somewhere [↪ free, discharge]:
Police arrested several men, who were later released.
The bears are eventually released into the wild.
release somebody from something
He was released from the hospital yesterday.

make public

TCN to let news or official information be known and printed [= publish]:
The new trade figures have just been released.


AMF to make a CD, video, film etc available for people to buy or see:
A version of the game for Mac computers will be released in February.

stop holding/drop

to stop holding or drop something:
Thousands of bombs were released over Dresden.
release your grip/hold (on somebody/something)
The sudden noise made him release his hold on her arm.


to express or get rid of feelings such as anger or worry:
Physical exercise is a good way of releasing stress.


HT to let a substance flow out
release something into something
Oil was released into the sea.

from a duty

to allow someone not to do their duty or work:
Because of rising costs, the company released 10% of their workforce.
release somebody from something
Williams asked to be released from her contract.


T to allow part of a piece of machinery or equipment to move from the position in which it is fastened or held:
Release the handbrake first.

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