- /rɪ'li:s/ noun1. the act of setting someone free or of making something or someone no longer subject to an obligation or restriction● release from a contract● the release of goods from customs● He was offered early release so that he could take up his new job.2. the act of making something public, or a public announcement3. the act of putting something on the market, or something put on the market■ verb1. to free something or someone● to release goods from customs● to release someone from a debt● Customs released the goods against payment of a fine.2. to make something public● The company released information about the new mine in Australia.● The government has refused to release figures for the number of unemployed women.3. to put something on the market● They released several new CDs this month.♦ to release dues to send off orders which had been piling up while a product was out of stock▪▪▪‘…pressure to ease monetary policy mounted yesterday with the release of a set of pessimistic economic statistics’ [Financial Times]▪▪▪‘…the national accounts for the March quarter released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a real increase in GDP’ [Australian Financial Review]
Dictionary of banking and finance. 2015.