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

release

1 verb
     
re‧lease1 S2 W2 [transitive]
1

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.
2

make public

TCN to let news or official information be known and printed [= publish]:
The new trade figures have just been released.
3

film/record

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.
4

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.
5

feelings

to express or get rid of feelings such as anger or worry:
Physical exercise is a good way of releasing stress.
6

chemical

HT to let a substance flow out
release something into something
Oil was released into the sea.
7

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.
8

machinery

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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