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

transitive verb

: to separate the strands of : unravel

Examples of unbraid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The work offers hints of a new explanation for how the brain can unbraid overlapping streams of auditory stimuli so quickly and effectively. Quanta Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 Step 4: When the hair is dry and cooled, unbraid the hair and loosen the curls. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 6 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbraid was in the 14th century

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“Unbraid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbraid. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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