Definition of pre-release in English:


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Pronunciation: /priːrɪˈliːs


1Relating to or denoting a record, film, or other product that has not yet been generally released: a pre-release version of the software
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  • This argument has been echoed by admirers of a pre-release version of the film.
  • The next pre-release version of the product will obtain signature updates from the Windows Update software distribution channels.
  • At least, that's how I'm told the retail version looks; the pre-release screener I received is actually two separate discs, an arrangement I tend to prefer.
2Relating to the period before the release of a suspect or prisoner.
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  • Ms Walsh also explained that the prisoners housed in the pre-release cottages are generally in a transitional period, adjusting from the very regimented daily routine of prison life in the main section.
  • She said the prison had no formal pre-release drugs strategy because it had a ‘complete and total’ drugs programme which ran throughout an offender's sentence.
  • The first such experimental program, initiated in New York City in 1968, involving pre-release jail inmates, was described by Dole and colleagues.


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A film, record, or other product given restricted availability before being generally released.
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  • I found it utterly bizarre that my old family home, where I had always been criticised as a teenager for spending too much time playing pop music, was now home to all the hottest, most upfront pre-releases.
  • It was a copy he had gotten as a pre-release from the record company, and while the song played he assured me that it would be a number one within a couple of months.
  • The new Safari Web browser is also an excellent product, especially for a pre-release.

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