releasere‧lease1 /rɪˈliːs/ ●●●S3W1AWL verb [transitive]1let somebody goFREE/NOT IN PRISON to let someone go free, after having kept them somewhere → free, dischargePolice arrested several men, who were later released.The bears are eventually released into the wild.release somebody from somethingHe was released from the hospital yesterday.2make publicTCN to let news or official information be known and printed syn publishThe new trade figures have just been released.3film/recordTCBAMF to make a CD, film, computer game etc available for people to buy or seeA version of the game for Mac computers will be released in February.4stop holding/dropHOLD to stop holding or drop somethingThousands of bombs were released over Dresden.release your grip/hold (on somebody/something)The sudden noise made him release his hold on her arm.5feelingsEXPRESS to express or get rid of feelings such as anger or worryPhysical exercise is a good way of releasing stress.6chemicalHT to let a substanceflow outrelease something into somethingOil was released into the sea.7from a dutyWORK/DO WORK to allow someone not to do their duty or workBecause of rising costs, the company released 10% of their workforce.release somebody from somethingWilliams asked to be released from her contract.8machineryTMOVE something OR somebody to allow part of a piece of machinery or equipment to move from the position in which it is fastened or heldRelease the handbrake first.→ See Verb table
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release• James's death, in fact, released a great deal which had been held in check during his reign.• Carbonstored in trees is released as carbon dioxide.• All claycontains such minerals, and when pottery is fired, the energy stored in the crystals is released as light.• Her new album will be released at the end of the month.• The turtles will be released back into the sea.• McKay moved to Newcastle after being released from prison.• Sandi spied the stalls in an adjoining room and hurried into one, releasing her bladder.• Paul released her hand as she sat down.• Vastly more fluorocarbons must have been released in the industrialised north.• Carrey's new comedy is due to be released in the US very soon.• He took hold of my hand but then released it again quickly.• The committee is due to release its report on Gingrich by the end of this year.• It was a way of releasing some of the strain and tension of her life.• They released ten political prisoners last year.• Release the clamp gently.• Try to release the clamp gently.• Police have not released the names of any of the people involved.• His car was released to his fiancee, who was riding in the passengerseat and was sober, Ditzenberger said.• The latest leading-indicators report will be releasedtomorrow at 8: 30 a. m. Eastern time.• The bolts can only be released with a wrench.release somebody from something• Williams asked to be released from her teachingcontract.• They're going to release me from the hospital tomorrow.release your grip/hold (on somebody/something)• Emilia sighed and released her grip.• Then you can simply release your grip and back slowly away over a few paces.• Before the audience can figure it out, I release my grip and tumble to the ground.• Benton, in his terror, released his grip on her waist.• For a split second, Constance failed to realise that he had released his grip on her.• Tamar would have been happy to finish the association, but Davis would not release his hold on her.• She exacted a public promise from Chaffee that he would release his hold on the bill.• Virginia Stillman released her grip on the chair and put her right hand under her chin.
releasere‧lease2 ●●○S3W3AWL noun1from prison [singular, uncountable]FREE/NOT IN PRISON when someone is officially allowed to go free, after being kept somewhereBefore release, the sea lions are fitted with electronic tracking devices.release fromSimon has obtained early release from prison.2record/filmAMFTCRa)[countable] a new CD, film, computer game etc that is available to buy or seethe band’s latest releaseb)be on (general) release if a film is on release, you can go and see it in a cinemaThe film is on general release.3feelings [singular, uncountable]a)EXPRESSfreedom to show or express your feelingsPlaying an instrument can be a form of emotional release.b)RELAXEDa feeling that you are free from the worry or pain that you have been sufferingtreatment that will bring a release from pain4chemicals [uncountable]HT when a chemical, gas etc is allowed to flow out of its usualcontainerrelease intothe release of toxic waste into the rivers5official statement [countable, uncountable]PGTC an official statement, report etc that is made available to be printed or broadcast, or the act of making it available syn publicationOctober 22nd is the date set for the report’s release. →press release6machine [countable]DT a handle, button etc that can be pressed to allow part of a machine to move
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release• First, a release of one jointcontractor releases the others.• There was an accidentalrelease of toxicwaste.• But it is much more satisfactory to angle the basicrelease to suit the readership or audiences of the variousmedia groups.• The judgedenied Larsen early release.• The movie is slated for release in January.• On her release she refused to hand the paper over to other Communistparty members, and was expelled from the party.• That they were pleased with whatever deal they'd made for my release.• New releases include previously unheardrecordings by Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.• Mr Wilson said in a news release.• Most courts that have addressed the issued have found that such releases are invalid on public policy grounds.• Thousands of people worldwidecampaigned for the release of Nelson Mandela.• Thus the check specification need not always have both its upper and its lowerlimits different from the release specification.• The release of the Roswell report proved very controversial.• The four men were greeted by jubilantrelatives upon their release.release from• Music has always provided me with an emotional release.• A new treatment could mean a release from pain for arthritissufferers.• Since his release from prison, Logan's become very religious.From Longman Business Dictionaryreleasere‧lease1 /rɪˈliːs/ verb [transitive]1to make information, figures etc publicly availableThe company will release its latest earnings figures on Wednesday.2MARKETINGto make a new product, especially a film, book, or record, available for people to buy or seeThe film will be released on DVD next week.3HUMAN RESOURCESto allow someone to stop working for yourelease somebody from somethingHe asked to be released from his contract.4FINANCEto make money available to be usedthe need to release the money for grants→ See Verb tablereleaserelease2 noun1[countable] an official statement, making information publicly availableIn a joint news release, the companies said no agreement had been reached. →press release2[countable, uncountable]MARKETING a new product, especially a film, book, or record, or the fact that it is availableThe company is hoping to keep ahead of the market by bringing out anew release of its operating system.The movie has taken $5.1 million since its release.The film will beon general release (=available in most places) on August 3.