un·​buck·​le | \ ˌən-ˈbə-kəl How to pronounce unbuckle (audio) \
unbuckled; unbuckling

Definition of unbuckle

transitive verb

: to loose the buckle of : unfasten

intransitive verb

1 : to loosen buckles
2 : relax

Examples of unbuckle in a Sentence

She unbuckled her seat belt.
Recent Examples on the Web Webster recovered consciousness several minutes after the plane came to rest, stunned but able to unbuckle himself. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Researcher works to honor scientific legacy of Alaska pilot who died in North Slope crash," 29 May 2020 Woodruff alleges in her lawsuit that the extender failed completely, coming unbuckled when a vehicle hit her husband’s car and exerted pressure on the extender in a particular way. Washington Post, "Seat belt extenders appeal to parents with kids in booster seats. But a mother’s lawsuit alleges using one left her son with permanent brain injuries," 28 Dec. 2019 In April 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died after Baltimore police detained him in the back of a police van unbuckled. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "End of a decade: What the 2010s, Obama, Trump and Black Lives Matter meant for Americans," 23 Dec. 2019 His g-suit pants weren't on correctly, his seat harness wasn't tight, and his helmet—and oxygen mask—were unbuckled as the plane taxied to the runway at Saint-Dizier 113 air base. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "French Fighter Jet Joy Ride Goes Très, Très Wrong," 13 Apr. 2020 Sam unbuckled his seat belt, placed his hand on my knee, and gazed into my eyes. Kate Folk, The New Yorker, "Out There," 16 Mar. 2020 Turner was able to unbuckle Pedrone's seat belt and hand her through the window to another man who swam out to help. David Williams, CNN, "Strangers jumped into a Florida canal to rescue a woman from her sinking car," 25 Feb. 2020 Correa gave the man a big hug and unbuckled his seatbelt with his thumb. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A Utah state trooper recalls the moment he rescues a man from an oncoming train," 17 Oct. 2019 As their car cruised up North Interstate Highway 45, the woman unbuckled her seat belt, crawled out of the vehicle, and fell from the car, authorities said. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Killed After ‘Crawling’ Out of Speeding Car During Argument with Husband in Houston: Police," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unbuckle

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Unbuckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbuckle. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbuckle

: to open the buckle of (something, such as a belt)


un·​buck·​le | \ ˌən-ˈbə-kəl How to pronounce unbuckle (audio) \
unbuckled; unbuckling

Kids Definition of unbuckle

: to unfasten the buckle of (as a belt)

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