un·​bind | \ ˌən-ˈbīnd How to pronounce unbind (audio) \
unbound\ ˌən-​ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce unbound (audio) \; unbinding

Definition of unbind

transitive verb

1 : to remove a band from : free from fastenings : untie, unfasten
2 : to set free : release

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unbind


undo, unfasten, unlash, untie


bind, fasten, knot, lash, tie

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Examples of unbind in a Sentence

She managed to unbind her hands. a newly elected democratic government whose first act was to unbind the nation's vast horde of political prisoners

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The thought of bringing AI into an area where, by its very definition, the problem is unbound was really intriguing. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 Trump imagines that America unbound, shaking hands or giving the finger, depending upon short-term interests and Presidential whims, will flourish among the other rogues. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump Goes Rogue," 17 June 2018 Jesus descends and breaks down the doors of hell, unbinds the prisoners and leads the just to heaven. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Did Jesus 'Descend into Hell' after his death?," 31 Mar. 2018 Most are private schools unbound by strict eligibility rules. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Montverde basketball is a can't-miss attraction," 28 Mar. 2018 Vauthier’s wines aren’t appellation wines, but simple vin de France: wines unbound by the rules of the A.O.C., made in a freewheeling spirit with the right grapes for the job. Hugh Garvey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Eating and Drinking Through Burgundy with Chef Ludo Lefebvre," 23 Mar. 2018 French president seeks to create pan-European political system His party, Republic on the Move, positions for EU elections Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe is unbound by borders, traditions and cultures. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, "Not Content With France, Macron Has a Plan to Take on All Europe," 22 Feb. 2018 Influenced by Murray Bookchin, an American anarchist, Mr. Ocalan has called for autonomous rule by local committees unbound by national borders. Anne Barnard And Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Allies or Terrorists: Who Are the Kurdish Fighters in Syria?," 25 Jan. 2018 There are certainly positive aspects to the maverick label, which suggests a composer of flinty individuality unbound by protocols and conventions. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "America’s Quintessential Maverick Composer, at 100," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unbind

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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un·​bind | \ ˌən-ˈbīnd How to pronounce unbind (audio) \
unbound\ -​ˈbau̇nd \; unbinding

Kids Definition of unbind

1 : to remove a band from : untie
2 : to set free

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