Meaning of RELEASE in English

I. re ‧ lease 1 S2 W2 AC /rɪˈliːs/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: relessier , from Latin relaxare ; ⇨ ↑ relax ]

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 to let news or official information be known and printed SYN publish :

The new trade figures have just been released.

3 . FILM/RECORD 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 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 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.

II. re ‧ lease 2 S3 W2 AC BrE AmE noun

1 . FROM PRISON [singular, uncountable] when someone is officially allowed to go free, after being kept somewhere:

Before release, the sea lions are fitted with electronic tracking devices.

release from

Simon has obtained early release from prison.


a) [countable] a new CD, video, film etc that is available to buy or see:

the band’s latest release

b) be on (general) release if a film is on release, you can go and see it in a cinema:

The film is on general release.

3 . FEELINGS [singular, uncountable]

a) freedom to show or express your feelings:

Playing an instrument can be a form of emotional release.

b) a feeling that you are free from the worry or pain that you have been suffering:

treatment that will bring a release from pain

4 . CHEMICALS [uncountable] when a chemical, gas etc is allowed to flow out of its usual container

release into

the release of toxic waste into the rivers

5 . OFFICIAL STATEMENT [uncountable and countable] an official statement, report etc that is made available to be printed or broadcast, or the act of making it available SYN publication :

October 22nd is the date set for the report’s release.

⇨ ↑ press release

6 . MACHINE [countable] a handle, button etc that can be pressed to allow part of a machine to move

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.