un·​bound ˌən-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce unbound (audio)
: not bound: such as
: not fastened
: not confined
: not having the leaves fastened together
an unbound book
: not bound together with other issues
unbound periodicals
: not held in chemical or physical combination

Examples of unbound in a Sentence

He dresses however he likes and feels unbound by convention. a test to determine the amount of unbound iron in the blood
Recent Examples on the Web Once it was determined that the actual folios were not growing mold, the Ambrosia conservationists unbound all 12 volumes and replaced the passe-partouts for all the folios, which are now kept in acid-free boxes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 May 2023 By prioritizing financial independence, relishing in personal freedom and nurturing career aspirations, DINKs craft lives rich in fulfillment and purpose, unbound by the expectations of conventional family roles. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 By comparing all the documents, the researchers found thousands of previously unknown titles, including bound books and unbound volumes and pamphlets, and traced the journey of titles sold at auction over the past 100 years. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 These timelines collapse in Anderson’s debut feature, which flies with a formally unbound spirit, as fragments of lifetimes buried in photos and videos come together by way of idea association rather than strictly linear parameters. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 Rebel Moon wears its pop culture influences on its sleeve (notes of Avatar and Heavy Metal are in there beside the aforementioned echoes of Seven Samurai and Star Wars), but simply being unbound from replicating past stories or living up to legacies has been an exhilarating experience. EW.com, 16 Nov. 2023 The semi-hollowbody electric guitar is crafted from blonde wood and features an unbound fingerboard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 For one, breaking a chemical bond is a fundamental process in nature where electrons that are shared between two atoms separate out into unbound atoms. Aaron W. Harrison, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2023 This is perhaps the most beautiful thing literature can do: forge a kinship across identities, freed from partisanship, unbound by space or time. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbound was before the 12th century

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“Unbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbound. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​bound ˌən-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce unbound (audio)
: not fastened or tied up
unbound hair
: not kept within bounds
unbound spirit
: not having a binding
an unbound book

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