Definition of release in English:



  • 1Allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free.

    ‘the government announced that the prisoners would be released’
    • ‘Something felt like it had been released, set free, if only for a moment; he offered a hand and I took it, so he helped me up.’
    • ‘Many had been living in orphanages before the war, but had been released or managed to escape during the fighting in Baghdad.’
    • ‘Trinculo felt like a prisoner about to be released after serving a full life sentence.’
    • ‘Twelve of the inmates, however, were already free after being released earlier this year.’
    • ‘He released the remaining political prisoners and restored democratic rule.’
    • ‘A number of political prisoners have been released since the late 1980s.’
    • ‘He releases himself and falls free of the burning aircraft.’
    • ‘The main characters in the movie are a group of young women who had either escaped from prison or had been released on bail.’
    • ‘Prisoners should not be released until they are ready for life outside.’
    • ‘When it comes time for these dangerous offenders to be released, civil confinement thus becomes an appealing option.’
    • ‘In January 1972, Mujib was released from confinement and became the prime minister of Bangladesh.’
    • ‘The two men were questioned by police in Rome, before being released and allowed to go on to travel to London.’
    • ‘But questions remain about whether the big cat escaped or was somehow released.’
    • ‘Human slaves, no matter what, have the potential to take part in this and the broader social contract, thus they should be released from slavery and allowed to do so.’
    • ‘Sylvia's mother decides to prove that Tom's sister cannot be released from confinement in a mental hospital.’
    • ‘I have read the submissions that have been filed on your behalf and I have taken them into account, but, in my view, there is nothing that can be done that would allow you to be released.’
    • ‘No mention, for instance, of the people of Ireland having voted overwhelmingly for the agreement, which stated categorically that prisoners would be released.’
    • ‘If they fail to reach an agreement in that time period, the prisoners should be released.’
    • ‘On August 10, 1974, he was expecting to be given the news that he was to be released from solitary confinement.’
    • ‘Some were released prisoners themselves; some were draft-dodgers; many were clerks and petty bureaucrats, and all were looking for trouble.’
    untie, undo, loose, let go, unhand, unloose, unbind, unchain, unleash, unfetter, unclasp, unshackle, unmanacle, extricate, unhitch, unbridle, detach, disentangle
    free, set free, let go, allow to leave, let loose, set loose, turn loose, let out, liberate, set at liberty, deliver, rescue, ransom, emancipate
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  • 2Allow (something) to move, act, or flow freely.

    ‘she released his arm and pushed him aside’
    ‘growth hormone is released into the blood during sleep’
    • ‘It appears the adipocytes of obese individuals release free fatty acids even in the presence of insulin.’
    • ‘Fortunately for Jonny and myself the dark looks faded off Nicky and Val's faces and they allowed Josh to release them and move onto Jonny without making a scene.’
    • ‘Glen released Dimero, allowing him to run to Nataki, the others following.’
    • ‘Then the second arm gripped the pipe at ground level and began lifting it while the first one released it and moved back.’
    • ‘Julian didn't move instead he released his grip on his sister's shoulder.’
    • ‘He released her shoulders and allowed her to move next to him.’
    • ‘Composure slowly seeped back into the aggressive man, enabling him to gently release his captive from his tight and trembling grasps.’
    • ‘She nodded and, releasing my hand, moved cautiously forward.’
    • ‘These plaques can rupture, releasing substances that cause blood flowing in the coronary artery to clot.’
    • ‘When blood sugar rises, the pancreas releases insulin to move glucose out of the blood into the muscle where it is stored for energy.’
    • ‘He briefly captured my bottom one and then released it, moving to my temple and kissing me there.’
    • ‘He smirked as he gingerly sat up, looking at Lashana when she released his hand and moved to help him.’
    • ‘Samuel nodded and released her allowing her to walk upstairs to Marie.’
    • ‘Tom stood erect the instant they were released, the sheer sweet sound of Mrs. Malz's voice releasing them was verbal-nectar.’
    • ‘Koda apologised, starting to move but not releasing his hold on Jamie's hand.’
    • ‘Almost as soon as she closed her eyes she was asleep, but Angel kept beside her, not moving, not releasing her hand.’
    • ‘Without another word, the girl released Napoleon, allowing the French general to drop to the dirt.’
    • ‘Word after word flowing from her, releasing the emotions she never allowed herself to show, because showing emotions was dangerous.’
    • ‘When it is released, it increases blood flow to the affected area.’
    • ‘He glared up at the girl as he released her arm and moved away from the bed in a swift, fluid movement.’
    1. 2.1Remove restrictions or obligations from (someone or something) so that they become available for other activity.
      ‘the strategy would release forces for service in other areas’
      • ‘It confirmed the existing boundary and released the Free State from the significant financial liabilities it had incurred under the Treaty.’
      • ‘The lease had come to an end, and both parties were released from their obligations under it.’
      • ‘If he declines, you may ask and publish his reasons, but they cannot release you of your obligation to correct your error in publishing his misleading words.’
      • ‘But that does not release me, in the future, from the moral obligation of telling the truth.’
      • ‘This was not a case where the husband had transferred the house to the wife in consideration of her releasing him from all obligations arising out of the marriage.’
      • ‘You are released from tensions and restrictions when you make important decisions.’
      • ‘Your blood donation is then released for issue to hospitals once all the tests have come back and are declared negative.’
      • ‘The Kilkenny out-half managed to skip out of defence and release his backline who moved the ball quickly up field.’
      • ‘You are released from restrictions and limitations, as old fears do not trouble you any more.’
      • ‘Beirne decided he had no choice but to temporarily close shop and let his employees go until the Army released him from service.’
      • ‘In the depths of misery, Aladdin polishes a dirty, battered lamp which is lying on the cave floor and releases the Genie of the Lamp, who sets him free from the cave and promises to grant his every wish.’
      • ‘The Americans took over from two French divisions, releasing them to move to a more active section.’
      • ‘He plans to work in food service when he's released.’
      • ‘After eight months, I was released from all physical restrictions, such as engaging in contact sports.’
      • ‘You should also be aware that some lease contracts include a buy-out clause to release you from your obligations to the management company at the end of the agreed lease period.’
      • ‘They're specifically aimed at older people who are property rich but cash poor, ie: those who have a lot of equity wrapped up in their homes but don't want to move in order to release it.’
      • ‘The two ships then released all of their escape pods, effectively hiding the one with Brimstone and his second in command.’
      • ‘He joined Everton on a free transfer last week, having been released from United during the summer.’
      • ‘However, a spokesman for Garda management said the move would release an extra man for policing duties in the area.’
      • ‘So will New Delhi's latest move release an invigorating flood of foreign money?’
      make available, free, free up
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    2. 2.2Remove (part of a machine or appliance) from a fixed position, allowing something else to move or function.
      ‘he released the handbrake’
      • ‘To allow the trailer to roll back away from the damaged concrete as it was being lifted, the trailer's brakes had to be released manually at the same time.’
      • ‘As one the three hanging soldiers hit the deck and released their harness while moving into a forward roll, and as one the tree shadows moved into positions on the guards patrol routes.’
      • ‘Then, barely a minute from starting my engine, I release my brakes and taxi out to the runway.’
      • ‘He shifted the lever into neutral and released the hand brake, then cranked the steering wheel as far to the right as he could.’
      • ‘But when you think of it, it allows you to start the engine, get into gear and release the brake with one hand.’
      • ‘Slowly and carefully, she lifted it upwards, releasing the wheels from their track, and tugging the drawer free.’
      • ‘Not daring to start the engine, he released the brake and pushed the bike back to the supermarket where Emma and Michael waited anxiously for him.’
      • ‘His hands immediately both found the steering wheel as he released the brake and pressed onto the gas.’
      • ‘All the bombs with the sensing switch extenders released and functioned as advertised.’
      • ‘Combat offload is performed on the ground by releasing the aircraft brakes from a stationary position and a high-power rating set.’
      • ‘As the parachute shot out from the top of the spacecraft, the aerobrake was released to fall freely to the surface of Mars.’
      • ‘The joint is small and cylindrical, and only a high-strength joining method will ensure that the cannula will not move or release from the hub during use.’
      • ‘To smell burning rubber while driving a car is a sign that you forgot to release the hand brake.’
      • ‘All it takes to get this car moving like a breeze is to release the hand brake, turn the knob on the dashboard to forward mode and press the accelerator.’
    3. 2.3Allow (something) to return to its resting position by ceasing to put pressure on it.
      ‘press the cap down and release’
      • ‘It is released in response to pressure/volume overload resulting in increased wall tension.’
      • ‘The quick disconnect brake line on the trailer was then released, relieving the pressure on the drum.’
      • ‘Reverse the motion to release the weight and return to the start.’
      • ‘The scene appears at this position after you release the mouse button.’
      • ‘It's really a joystick that jumps back to the home position when you release it.’
      • ‘When the key falls back as the finger releases it, the hammer returns to its initial position, ready to strike again.’
      • ‘Catherine's hand struggled desperately to move, trying to release the increasing pressure on her throat.’
  • 3Allow (information) to be generally available.

    ‘no details about the talks were released’
    • ‘No information has yet been released from an autopsy on Monday.’
    • ‘The film is due to feature both local and international actors, but no further information has been released.’
    • ‘Police released the newest information yesterday, after investigators unearthed fresh clues about the suspect's whereabouts.’
    • ‘For example, they'll buy a stock after-hours when a positive earnings report is released, hoping for a gap up on the following trading day.’
    • ‘Once back in camp, the tags were removed, thus releasing the location to other hunters.’
    • ‘So they have been gradually, in response to a lawsuit with information requests, releasing some of those images.’
    • ‘This information was released last week by the Central Statistics Office.’
    • ‘Over 80% of requests resulted in the information requested being released either in full or in part.’
    • ‘When you can absorb that much information, you can then release it freely and quickly.’
    • ‘Kerry, who in the past has called for full disclosure of rivals' tax returns, is under pressure to release his wife's records.’
    • ‘An expected strong rebound in Japanese machinery orders data, released during afternoon trading, failed to materialize.’
    • ‘The first set of products and services are expected to be available mid-2002, when further information will be released.’
    • ‘Newly released documents raise questions about the Supreme Court nominee's position on women's rights.’
    • ‘In the last few weeks, a large amount of ugly, malicious information has been released into the media about me.’
    • ‘Second, we said we will release our income tax returns by the end of the month.’
    • ‘The police have an obligation to release that information.’
    • ‘The company released its cash flow figures for the month of October last Thursday which showed a decrease of $43,000.’
    • ‘The FBI said it arrested the tipster in Mexico, but released no other information.’
    • ‘I mean do you think right now too much information is being released?’
    • ‘Under pressure Howard and Reith wanted to release the video to back their case.’
    make public, make known, bring to public attention, bring to public notice, issue, break, announce, declare, report, post, reveal, divulge, disclose, publish, publicize, print, broadcast, air, transmit, put out, circulate, communicate, impart, disseminate, distribute, spread, propagate, purvey
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    1. 3.1Make (a film, recording, or other product) available to the public.
      ‘they released a flurry of great singles’
      • ‘Newly released documents are available to guide practices that fall in gray areas.’
      • ‘Stamps of flying birds were released to denote the return of Prince Akihito from his overseas trip in 1953.’
      • ‘Never having ceased to release albums, his comeback is more in terms of style than presence.’
      • ‘The new machines are officially released today and further models will be unveiled on 1 February.’
      • ‘He added that the college's ethical commission would soon release an ‘official position report’ so that Catalan doctors were aware of how to act.’
      • ‘This work will be released later in free, electronic editions of the book.’
      • ‘As far as I know, the studio is not releasing the film into theaters domestically.’
      • ‘The partial success of this debut album was likely due to the fact that the album was only released in their hometown and not distributed to the rest of Canada until the following year.’
      • ‘Both books will be released at a function to be held at the Maharaja's College on August 25.’
      • ‘This poem is one among a collection of her works released recently at a function in the city.’
      • ‘The vast majority of independently produced films never get released.’
      • ‘Production was completed in late autumn and the film was released in September 1968.’
      • ‘Later this year a high school version of the site will be released for free use in the classroom.’
      • ‘I get a nice warm feeling knowing that I am able to help other people in the free software community by releasing these little bits of code.’
      • ‘There is huge commercial pressure to release GM foods onto the market.’
      • ‘Because this year at least one music company will be releasing CDs that positively invite copying - within limits.’
      • ‘Does this imply that if a company releases a ‘faulty’ patch which disables your machine that you can sue them?’
      • ‘They will mull it over when they know the song's chart position after it is released on September 1.’
      • ‘When you're one of the greatest rappers in the world, you're going to be facing some pressure when you're releasing the first solo album of your career.’
      • ‘We feel that the drivers need some work before the game is released in order to remove the hitching we were experiencing at all resolutions on any video card that we threw at this title.’
      launch, put on the market, market, put on sale, offer for sale, bring out, unveil, present, make available, distribute
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  • 4Law
    Remit or discharge (a debt)

    ‘the amounts which later become due are consequent on the debt that is being released’
    • ‘Mr. Libenstein further argues that if he is found personally liable, the liability was released by his discharge from bankruptcy.’
    • ‘Specific orders contemplated include wholly or partly releasing or discharging any security.’
    • ‘If it is said that the debt should have been released on top of the other payments that should have been made then that might be right.’
    • ‘It follows that a debt may only be released by an agreement for valuable consideration or by an agreement under seal.’
    let off, excuse, exempt, discharge, deliver
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    1. 4.1Surrender (a right)
      ‘a parent released and assigned a right to income’
      • ‘I want a declaration from the Baron, witnessed by the Judiciar, that he releases all right of ownership.’
      • ‘The question is, can the federal courts come into the state of Alabama and threaten fines to release our inalienable rights?’
      • ‘Mr. Lenz paid to be released from his spousal support obligations by paying a portion of the royalties to his wife.’
      • ‘Her position has always been that she has not released the rights to the photos, and she's filed a lawsuit over it.’
      • ‘The utility was given monopoly status, in return for releasing control of electric rates and a number of other parameters to its regulatory commission.’
    2. 4.2Make over (property or money) to another.
      ‘compensation for the cost of rebuilding is only released when work begins’
      • ‘In certain of those cases, the holdback funds were released in contravention of that agreement, and damages were incurred and calculable because of that breach.’
      • ‘After your death, title companies may not let property be sold, and banks may not release money until they know for certain who your heirs are.’
      • ‘With lottery scams, people are told they have won the lottery, but then told they must pay a fee before the money can be released.’
      • ‘‘The money will be released as soon as the agreement is officially signed,’ said Duxmann.’
      • ‘All you have to do is send several thousand dollars in processing fees to release the money so they can send it to you.’


  • 1The action or process of releasing or being released.

    ‘a campaign by the prisoner's mother resulted in his release’
    • ‘The process of gaining early release created a complicated and intriguing paper trail.’
    • ‘On the 42nd hour, I spoke with a court-appointed lawyer who told me the courts were deliberately slowing the process of our release.’
    • ‘She called on the government to speed up the process of release for hundreds of political prisoners still in jail.’
    • ‘People sentenced to life imprisonment are not included as they are placed under lifelong probation supervision as a condition of temporary release.’
    • ‘The materiality of the paint and the sticky pull and release of the printing process showed a rough and ready formalism at work.’
    • ‘Negotiations by the EU and the US led to their release on condition they be exiled to Europe.’
    • ‘Mr Browne said they were told there was no question of an announcement on their release until certain conditions had been met.’
    • ‘In this painting, joy, rapture, release, and escape are all terms that become important, even if their value is always of the verge of becoming equivocal.’
    • ‘The court set for 16 September a hearing for an application for his release on bail.’
    • ‘Police opposed bail, but the Magistrate agreed to his release on the condition he pay a surety and comply with other bail conditions.’
    • ‘We will be able to hit a moving target, or even a target that is stationary at weapons release but attempts to escape as the weapon is in-flight.’
    • ‘Judges help set the conditions of release and oversee a parolee's progress.’
    • ‘Those that attend can qualify for early release on parole after one third of their term has been served while those who refuse will be made to serve their full term.’
    • ‘Victims would also have a say in bail applications, applications for early release and parole for criminals under the party's plans.’
    • ‘Greenhouse nitrous oxide release, which results from fertiliser and pulse crop nitrification, remains the subject of ongoing research.’
    • ‘Of course, he knew what to charge in these days of globalisation, and had it not been for Marchizu's release on parole, the community would never have been able to afford him.’
    • ‘I also have the person do special ‘bodywork’ stretching and emotional release movement processes before and during the sessions.’
    • ‘He sought release on bail while he appealed his conviction and sentence.’
    • ‘I am all about maintaining the rights and freedoms of Canadians but why isn't treatment a condition of his release?’
    • ‘Community Probation Service regional manager Heather Mackie said it was confident the man's accommodation met the conditions of his release.’
    freeing, liberation, deliverance, ransom, emancipation
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A handle or catch that releases part of a mechanism.
      • ‘Next, point the camera at the other extreme and once again half press the release.’
      • ‘A photographer can point his camera at a subject and press the release down.’
  • 2The action of making a film, recording, or other product available to the public.

    ‘the movie will be on release from Christmas’
    • ‘It is hoped that the difficulty of finding these recordings in stores does not have an impact on the future recording and release of many more musicals.’
    • ‘With their debut album not on release until very recently it's surprising - and welcome - that the place is as full as it is.’
    • ‘Even though the album has been on release since last year, it was always Kevin's intention to hold a launch night in honour of the occasion.’
    • ‘They are ready for talks provided the distributors lift the ban on release of films on or before February 7.’
    • ‘The too objective script leaves audiences not knowing whether Madeleine was a murderess or not, and this fact contributed to the film's failure on release.’
    • ‘It has only just gone on release in the US and does not reach UK cinemas until January.’
    • ‘The crowds grew in size and confidence, and began to demand the immediate release of the results.’
    • ‘The single goes on release nationally on Monday, August 8, and will be available through all record shops.’
    • ‘At the same time, these types of records are awkward and time-consuming for officials to process for release.’
    • ‘But Brundtland handled the release of the report poorly.’
    • ‘The single went on release last Friday, July 26 and is expected to shoot into the Irish top 40 within the next fortnight.’
    • ‘The film is due for release in UK cinemas sometime next year.’
    • ‘As for all the bugs that were found after the release, again this is management's fault for NOT having a proper testing process before release.’
    • ‘Critics across the country savaged the film upon its initial release, dismissing it as directionless and dreary.’
    • ‘This protocol will be disseminated widely and will guide the survey and scoring process after its release.’
    • ‘One trailer available on the original release of the film is not included here, but to no great loss.’
    • ‘Ware hopes to have the study results ready for release by the fall of 2002.’
    • ‘Needless to say, we shall be monitoring its process, from US release, through to our verdict and its fate come the Awards season.’
    • ‘Neither was much liked on release - his curmudgeonly socialism was out of step with the times - but hindsight may teach us to value them better.’
    • ‘Zwick laid down this track just days after the film's initial U.S. release.’
    1. 2.1[count noun]A film or other product made available to the public.
      ‘his current album release has topped the charts for six months’
      • ‘Lilith had grown bored quickly as she had watched the pair shop for clothes on Fifth Avenue, then go to Times Square and catch a new release.’
      • ‘It featured mostly new releases, all films that in one way or another relied on narratives that explored people who were either on the move or had ended up in faraway places.’
      • ‘Overall, this album is a quality release, but a few years too late and with innovation lacking.’
      • ‘The funny thing is that this film feels more like an independent film than a studio release.’
      • ‘As always, on a chilly, Friday night in December, the crew headed to the Edwards Theatre to catch the latest releases.’
      • ‘The group have enjoyed marginal success with releases on their own label.’
      • ‘Aside from the theatrical trailer, we get a nine-minute featurette which speeds through top releases of the 1950s.’
      • ‘It's not going to be on my top 15 releases at the end of the year, either, for these very reasons.’
      • ‘But Branca's album releases are far less grandiose than his live performances.’
      • ‘The sound mix is perhaps not as aggressive as most feature film releases, but this is a TV series, after all.’
      • ‘The other eight are art-house films/small releases that will likely be deprived of any Oscar nominations at all.’
      • ‘Finally, a collection of studio trailers highlight currently available and future releases from BBC Video.’
      • ‘Picture and sound are typical for current film releases - there's really nothing much to say about either.’
      • ‘New Zealanders certainly love to read and this gave everyone a wonderful opportunity to catch up on the latest book releases - a chance not to be missed by bookworms.’
      • ‘Far from ailing, and after thirty-two years and countless album releases, he's still going strong and thankfully shows no signs of slowing down.’
      • ‘Like most anime releases, this one features a textless opening sequence.’
      • ‘These new releases, available individually or in a boxed set, use the original advertising artwork.’
      • ‘Other topics covered in the issue include Italian cinema, philosophy in film, Jean Eustache, DVD releases, current releases and festivals.’
      • ‘This is quite clearly one of Hollywood's top releases thus far this year.’
      • ‘The hot items are current theatrical releases.’
      cd, disc, record, single, album
      version, edition, issue, model, mark, draft, form, impression, publication
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  • 3Law
    The action of releasing property, money, or a right to another.

    • ‘I have been advised by my bank manager that any release of money needs to be authorised by the solicitors who initiated the freezing injunction.’
    • ‘There was no deed of release, no terms of settlement; your client just accepted that money, and, presumably there is some rule of court that deals with that.’
    • ‘By cross-motion the plaintiff sought a declaration that the settlement and final release were void.’
    • ‘The third benefit for Mrs Smith was her husband's release of property claims.’
    • ‘Only if that settlement and release is set aside would it be open to the plaintiff to re-litigate those issues.’
    1. 3.1[count noun]A document effecting a release of property, money, etc.
      • ‘He has not complied with the court order for production of the notes and records nor has he signed a release to permit Ms. N.L. direct access to the documents.’
      • ‘His attorney recalled that he gave him a release in letter format from the promissory note indebtedness in exchange for receiving five Fieldway shares.’
      • ‘For that reason I have asked DH, Attorney here in the US, to prepare a release and waiver for each client which must be executed prior to any return of capital.’
      • ‘Winners must sign a release prior to receiving their prize.’
      • ‘We note that the Trustee released any claim to any property settlement of Mrs. S. which release was filed as an exhibit on the trial.’


Middle English: from Old French reles (noun), relesser (verb), from Latin relaxare stretch out again, slacken (see relax).