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release (someone or something) from (something)

To set someone or something loose from some kind of confinement. He released the woman from his grip and told her to run. The police were forced to release the suspect from prison due to a lack of hard evidence.
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release (someone or something) to (one)

1. To turn custody of someone or something over to another person. The police were instructed to release the prisoner to his family. They impounded my car for a parking violation. I'm just waiting for them to release it to me.
2. To allow or grant access to someone or something to another person. The government said it is finally willing to release the unredacted report to the press. The bank said they would release the funds to me as soon as they could verify the authenticity of the transaction with the other bank. They've been keeping the actor's identity a secret, planning to release him to the world at the film's premiere.
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release someone or something from something

to liberate or let someone or something go from something. The police officer released George from the handcuffs. I released all the dogs from the city dog pound.
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release someone to someone

to discharge or distribute someone to someone. The judge released the defendant to his mother. Don was released by the police to his father, who was more than a little bit angry.
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References in classic literature ?
Sancho, on his part, gave a helping hand to release Gines de Pasamonte, who was the first to leap forth upon the plain free and unfettered, and who, attacking the prostrate commissary, took from him his sword and the musket, with which, aiming at one and levelling at another, he, without ever discharging it, drove every one of the guards off the field, for they took to flight, as well to escape Pasamonte's musket, as the showers of stones the now released galley slaves were raining upon them.
Now a panel crashed inward upon the floor, and Mors Kajak sprang to the opening to defend the way until we should have time to release the others.
2d 925 (1987), a Missouri appeals court addressed the issue of whether a release executed by a contractor in favor of the owner and "its officials, officers, agents and employees" barred the contractor's claims against the engineer on the project.
The first principle is Make Sure Your Boss Likes the Release.
Release All environmentally friendly release agents for metal and plastic molds contain no CFCs, low VOCs, and are non-Red Label.
With the model, users can sort chemical release and exposure data in nearly limitless ways, says Steven Hassur, a senior chemist in the OPPT's Economics Exposure and Technology Division, who is among the model's chief architects.
Next, it examines two court decisions involving the use of release agreements to determine the scope of protection such agreements afford former employers who disclose personnel information to a law enforcement organization.
3 Outside release, get even with, not ahead of, defender.
Although I cannot support release of a videotape or any other verbatim transcript of the FOMC meetings, I do believe that there might be benefits from releasing a nonliteral but relatively complete record of FOMC proceedings similar to the "memorandum of discussion" that we prepared until 1976 if there were a long and enforceable delay of the release.
We do see some surface cracking of the polymer," he notes, adding that the formation of tiny bubbles in the implant may play some role in increasing drug release during irradiation.
A victim is defined as a person experiencing at least one documented adverse health effect (such as respiratory irritation or chemical burns) that likely resulted from the event and occurred within 24 hr of the release.