un·​braid | \ ˌən-ˈbrād How to pronounce unbraid (audio) \
unbraided; unbraiding; unbraids

Definition of unbraid

transitive verb

: to separate the strands of : unravel

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Examples of unbraid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brexit requires unbraiding a centuries-deep history of entanglements, causing major disruption to the country as a whole and Northern Ireland in particular. Seamas O’reilly, New York Times, "Abandoning Everything You Ever Believed, for Brexit. (Or Trump.)," 6 Nov. 2019 Native Houstonian Gerald Green gave the media a different look prior to Friday's practice – one with his long hair unbraided. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Gerald Green rocks unbraided hair to let it 'breathe'," 11 May 2018 Then, dip the ends of the braids into boiling water, which, again, seals the ends and prevents them from unbraiding, and also makes the braids more flexible. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "3 Badass Braids You’ll Want to Recreate Stat," 18 Oct. 2017 After practice ends, Burton takes off the saddles, unwraps the horses’ legs, unbraids their tails, hoses them down and squeegees off the water. Elisabeth Moughon, The Courier-Journal, "An elegant, nitty-gritty look at the Louisville Polo Club," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of unbraid

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbraid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbraid. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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