Definition of UN

 (Entry 1 of 3)

United Nations
\ ˌən, often ˈən, before ˈ- stressed syllable \

Definition of un- (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : not : in-, non- in adjectives formed from adjectives unambitiousunskilled or participles undressed , in nouns formed from nouns unavailability , and rarely in verbs formed from verbs unbe sometimes in words that have a meaning that merely negates that of the base word and are thereby distinguished from words that prefix in- or a variant of it (such as im-) to the same base word and have a meaning positively opposite to that of the base word unartisticunmoral
2 : opposite of : contrary to in adjectives formed from adjectives unconstitutionalungracefulunmannered or participles unbelieving and in nouns formed from nouns unrest

Definition of un- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : do the opposite of : reverse (a specified action) : de- sense 1a, dis- sense 1a in verbs formed from verbs unbendundressunfold
2a : deprive of : remove (a specified thing) from : remove in verbs formed from nouns unfrockunsex
b : release from : free from in verbs formed from nouns unhand
c : remove from : extract from : bring out of in verbs formed from nouns unbosom
d : cause to cease to be in verbs formed from nouns unman
3 : completely unloose

History and Etymology for UN

Prefix (1)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German un- un-, Latin in-, Greek a-, an-, Old English ne not — more at no

Prefix (2)

Middle English, from Old English un-, on-, alteration of and- against — more at ante-

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“UN.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/UN. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of UN

United Nations

un-

prefix
\ ˌən, ˈən \

Kids Definition of un-

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : not : in-, non- unskilled
2 : opposite of : contrary to unconstitutional

un-

prefix

Kids Definition of un- (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : do the opposite of : de-, dis- undress
2 : remove a specified thing from or free or release from unleash
3 : completely unloose

un-

prefix

Legal Definition of un-

1 : not uncounseled
2 : contrary to unconstitutional

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