Quick answer
"Launched" is a form of "launch", a transitive verb which is often translated as "lanzar". "Released" is a form of "release", a transitive verb which is often translated as "liberar". Learn more about the difference between "launched" and "released" below.
launch(
lanch
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to introduce)
a. lanzar
Microsoft launched the new Windows 10 this week.Microsoft lanzó el nuevo Windows 10 esta semana.
2. (to send off)
a. lanzar (rocket)
Argentina launched a rocket carrying a satellite.Argentina lanzó un cohete que llevaba un satélite.
b. botar (vessel)
The country launched a total of 35 warships during the war.El país botó un total de 35 buques de guerra durante la guerra.
3. (to initiate)
a. lanzar
The presidential candidate launched his campaign in his home town.El candidato presidencial lanzó su campaña en su ciudad natal.
b. emprender
The police decided to launch an investigation for illegal possession of firearms.La policía decidió emprender una investigación por posesión ilegal de armas.
c. fundar
Three college students launched the company in 1999.Tres estudiantes universitarios fundaron la compañía en 1999.
4. (to throw)
a. lanzar
The boy launched a stone from his slingshot.El niño lanzó una piedra con su honda.
5. (to issue)
a. emitir
Both corporations and financial institutions launched asset-backed securities.Tanto las empresas como las instituciones financieras emitieron títulos respaldados por activos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to begin enthusiastically; used with "into")
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My father launched into his time in the army when I mentioned Vietnam.Mi padre se puso a contar sobre su época en el ejército cuando mencioné Vietnam.
The right-wing candidate launched into an attack on socialism and Marxism.El candidato de derecha se puso a despotricar contra el socialismo y el marxismo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (introduction)
a. el lanzamiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
At the launch of the new smartphone, we also announced a new tablet.En el lanzamiento del nuevo teléfono inteligente también anunciamos una nueva tableta.
8. (act of sending off)
a. el lanzamiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(rocket)
The launch of the rocket was delayed due to bad weather conditions.El lanzamiento del cohete fue retrasado debido al mal clima.
b. la botadura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(vessel)
The prince attended the launch of the HMS Godfrey.El príncipe asistió a la botadura del buque HMS Godfrey.
9. (creation)
a. la fundación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've been the president of the company since its launch.Soy el presidente de la empresa desde su fundación.
10. (nautical)
a. la lancha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Are my parents on the cruise ship already? - No, they're waiting to get into the launch.¿Mis padres ya están en el crucero? - No. Están esperando para subirse a la lancha.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
11. (related to a launch)
a. de lanzamiento
Place the rocket on the launch pad and attach the controller to the igniter.Coloca el cohete sobre la plataforma de lanzamiento y conecta el controlador al detonador.
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release(
rih
-
lis
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to free)
a. liberar
The king has proclaimed that he will release all prisoners of war.El rey ha proclamado que liberará a todos los prisioneros de guerra.
b. soltar
I opened the cage and released the bird.Abrí la jaula y solté al pájaro.
c. poner en libertad
Officials decided to release the prisoner due to lack of evidence against him.Los oficiales decidieron poner el preso en libertad por falta de evidencia en su contra.
2. (to stop holding)
a. soltar
Release my hand, sir!¡Suéltame la mano, señor!
3. (to make public)
a. lanzar
I'm so excited that the Clockwork Oranges have released their new album.Estoy tan emocionada que las Naranjas Mecánicas hayan lanzado su nuevo álbum.
b. estrenar (cinema)
Do you know when they're going to release the new fantasy movie?¿No sabes cuándo van a estrenar la nueva película de fantasía?
4. (to emit)
a. desprender
If a factory releases harmful fumes, it ought to be closed.Si una fábrica desprende gases nocivos, debería cerrarse.
b. emitir
Some plants release a pleasant odor when crushed.Algunas plantas emiten un olor agradable al molerse.
5. (mechanics)
a. soltar
I think you need to press here to release the spring.Creo que hay que pisar aquí para soltar el muelle.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (freedom from incarceration)
a. la liberación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The release of the political prisoner was a calculated move.La liberación del preso político fue una jugada calculada.
b. la puesta en libertad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His release generated a positive reaction from the Hispanic community.Su puesta en libertad generó una respuesta positiva de la comunidad hispana.
7. (publication)
a. la publicación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(books)
The bookstore will be celebrating the release of Isabel Allende's new novel on Tuesday.La librería celebrará la publicación de la nueva novela de Isabel Allende el martes.
b. el lanzamiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(books)
She's going to organize a party to celebrate the release of her novel.Va a organizar una fiesta para celebrar el lanzamiento de su nueva novela.
c. la puesta en venta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(records)
The date for the release of their new album has been announced on social media.La fecha de la puesta en venta de su nuevo disco se anunció por las redes sociales.
d. el estreno
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(cinema)
The release of the movie provoked a backlash against the meat industry.El estreno de la película provocó una reacción violenta contra la industria cárnica.
e. el comunicado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(written message)
The government issued a release condemning the recent riots.El gobierno publicó un comunicado para condenar las manifestaciones recientes.
8. (recording)
a. el disco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(music)
Their new release already has 10,000 downloads.Su nuevo disco ya tiene 10,000 descargas.
b. el estreno
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(cinema)
All new releases are shown in the biggest theater.Todos los nuevos estrenos se proyectan en la sala más grande.
9. (emission of gases)
a. la emisión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The release of toxic gases into the atmosphere is a concern for all of us.La emisión de los gases tóxicos a la atmósfera es problema de todos.
10. (relaxation)
a. el alivio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Practicing yoga always makes me feel a sense of release.Practicar el yoga siempre me da un sentimiento de alivio.
11. (photography)
a. el disparador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Half-press the release to help you compose your photo.Presione el disparador hasta la mitad para poder componer la foto mejor.
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