Definition of release noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    release

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪˈliːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈliːs//
     
    Producing music, Showing films, Listening to music
     
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    setting somebody/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 goes on general release (= will be widely shown in cinemas/movie theaters) next week. See related entries: Producing music
  4. 3  [countable] a thing that is made available to the public, especially a new CD or film/movie the latest new releases See related entries: Producing music, Showing films, Listening to music
  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.
  9. see also press release
    Word Origin Middle English: from Old French reles (noun), relesser (verb), from Latin relaxare ‘stretch out again, slacken’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + laxus ‘lax, loose’.Extra examples All societies have social mechanisms for the release of tension. Crying gave some emotional release. He has announced the release of his new album. He negotiated the release of American prisoners of war. He was granted early release. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next volume. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this film’s release on DVD. Laughter is an important release valve for feelings of frustration. On completing his prison sentence Smith will serve three years of supervised release. She saw death as a welcome release from pain. Sometimes we just need some release from the pressure. The controversy threatens to delay the movie’s release. The film never got a theatrical release but went straight to video. The film will go on general release in November. The judge authorized the release of the information. The movie is already in/​on general release. The new CD releases will be out on Friday. The outraged public demanded her release. The senator demanded the immediate release of the full report. There have been calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Under the current release schedule, the series will be available on DVD early next year. a publicity tour for the upcoming release of her autobiography his release from hospital The movie goes on general release next week.
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