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verb [with object]
1allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free:the government announced that the prisoners would be released 2allow (something) to move, act, or flow freely:she released his arm and pushed him aside growth hormone is released into the blood during the first part of sleep remove restrictions or obligations from (someone or something) so that they become available for other activity:the strategy would release forces for service in other areas remove (part of a machine or appliance) from a fixed position, allowing something else to move or function:he released the handbrake allow (something) to return to its resting position by ceasing to put pressure on it:press and release the reset button quickly 3allow (information) to be generally available:no details about the contents of the talks were released make (a movie or recording) available for general viewing or purchase:nine singles and one album had been released 4 Law remit or discharge (a debt). make over (property or money) to another person or entity.
1the action or process of releasing or being released:a campaign by the prisoner’s mother resulted in his release a handle or catch that releases part of a mechanism. 2the action of making a movie, recording, or other product available for general viewing or purchase:the film was withheld for two years before its release a movie or other product issued for viewing or purchase:his current album release has topped the charts for six months 3 Law the action of releasing property, money, or a right to another. a document effecting this.