- 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. making something available
- 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.
- 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 of gas/chemical
- 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 from unpleasant feeling
- 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.
setting someone or something free
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