To release something is to let it go. The word "release" is a verb.

simplepastpast participle
  • A person who catches a fish might release it back into the water.
  • A person who is in jail is released when he is let out.
  • Smoke and other harmful gases are released through a chimney.
smoke from a chimney
  • Information and announcements are released through the media.
press release
  • After a movie is made, it’s released to the public. Some people really look forward to the release* of a film.

*In the second sentence, "release" is a noun.

movie poster
  • When a crime is committed, details of the crime are eventually released to the public.
  • Students are released from school at the end of the school day.
  • A person who no longer wants to be part of a legal relationship can be released from a contract.

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November 3, 2017