American English

Definition of release noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    setting someone or something free
  1. 1[uncountable, singular] release (of somebody) (from something) the act of setting a person or an animal free; the state of being set free The government has been working to secure the release of the hostages. She can expect an early release from prison.
  2. making something available
  3. 2[uncountable, singular] the act of making something available to the public The new software is planned for release in April. The movie's general release is next week.
  4. 3[countable] a thing that is made available to the public, especially a new CD or movie the latest new releases see also press release
  5. of gas/chemical
  6. 4[uncountable, countable] the act of letting a gas, chemical, etc. come out of the container where it has been safely held the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to monitor radiation releases
  7. from unpleasant feeling
  8. 5[uncountable, singular] the feeling that you are free from pain, anxiety, or some other unpleasant feeling a sense of release after the exam I think her death was a merciful release. It's just a release of tension.
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