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unwind

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verb, un·wind \-ˈwīnd\

Simple Definition of unwind

  • : to move the end of something (such as a piece of string) that is wound in a roll, coil, etc., so that it becomes straight

  • : to relax and stop thinking about work, problems, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unwind

unwoundplay \-ˈwau̇nd\unwinding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to uncoil :  wind off :  unroll b :  to free from or as if from a binding or wrapping c :  to release from tension :  relax

  3. 2 archaic :  to trace to the end <unwinding the labryinth and bringing the hero out — Laurence Sterne>

  4. 3 :  to undo (a financial arrangement or position) through the necessary legal or financial steps <unwound most of its natural gas hedges — New York Times>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become uncoiled or disentangled :  unfold

  7. 2 :  to become released from tension <take a bath to unwind>

Examples of unwind in a sentence

  1. She unwound some thread from the spool.

  2. The fishing line unwound quickly.

  3. I wanted to unwind after a hard day.



14th Century

First Known Use of unwind

14th century


UNWIND Defined for Kids

unwind

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verb un·wind \ˌən-ˈwīnd\

Definition of unwind for Students

unwound \-ˈwau̇nd\unwinding

  1. 1 :  to uncoil a strand of <I unwound yarn from a ball.> <The fishing line unwound from the reel.>

  2. 2 :  relax 4





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