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unleash

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verb un·leash \-ˈlēsh\

Simple Definition of unleash

  • : to allow or cause (something very powerful) to happen suddenly

  • : to remove a leash from (an animal) so that it can freely run, attack someone, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unleash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free from or as if from a leash :  let loose <unleash the dogs> <unleashing his anger>

  3. 2 :  to throw, shoot, or set in motion forcefully <unleashed a superb shot … to earn his side a point — New York Times>

Examples of unleash in a sentence

  1. The storm unleashed its fury.

  2. The editorial unleashed a torrent of angry responses.



Circa 1671

First Known Use of unleash

circa 1671


UNLEASH Defined for Kids

unleash

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verb un·leash \ˌən-ˈlēsh\

Definition of unleash for Students

unleashed

unleashing

  1. :  to free from or as if from a leash <A storm unleashed its fury.>





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