un·​buck·​le | \ˌən-ˈbə-kəl \
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.

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Arnold tried to unbuckle the baby from the stroller but was pushed away by the mother. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Woman found insane during 2016 attempted kidnappings in Glendale," 30 May 2018 The driver told police the child had unbuckled himself during the ride. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Toddler dies in car crash on Route 40 Monday night," 29 May 2018 Steffl unbuckled his seat belt and stood in front of him. Dan Joling, USA TODAY, "Passenger helps subdue unruly naked man on flight to Alaska," 16 May 2018 Then after driving to a location - tracked by the car's GPS - two seatbelts were unbuckled and two car doors opened. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "FBI targets computer crimes at new lab in Huntsville," 3 May 2018 After multiple attempts asking him to get out of the car, one officer secured the knife while a second unbuckled his seatbelt and took him out of the car. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man with knife drives on sidewalk and grass in Cudahy because he thought it was a road," 9 May 2018 The officer, who is white, asked DuBose to unbuckle his seat belt, and Tensing pulled on the door handle. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "After police shootings, officers are rarely prosecuted. But many are fired," 6 Apr. 2018 Poindexter unbuckled his belt and pulled down his slacks. charlotteobserver, "1996: Judge: Let 'Angels' play: Controversial work opens to street protests | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018 Vance was able to unbuckle himself from the sinking helicopter and was rescued by a tugboat. CBS News, "Authorities identify 5 victims killed in NYC helicopter crash," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unbuckle

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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 \
unbuckled; unbuckling

Kids Definition of unbuckle

: to unfasten the buckle of (as a belt)

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