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.

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The man managed to unbuckle his seat belt and jerked his head around, preparing to headbutt Downey, Owens said. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "‘Do you have a camera in your car?’ Officer convicted of assaulting handcuffed homeless man.," 8 Aug. 2019 The 75-year-old Trejo, with the assistance of another young woman, unbuckled the child from its car seat and was able to pull it safely from the wreckage. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Machete' Actor Danny Trejo Rescues Baby in Overturned Car," 8 Aug. 2019 Fortunately, a female bystander, Monica Jackson, was able to unbuckle him and Trejo was able to drag the child out, according to CBS Los Angeles. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Actor Danny Trejo saves child from overturned SUV in Los Angeles," 8 Aug. 2019 About five or six minutes into the flight, Damasy said, Cutland unbuckled her seatbelt and opened the door. Sarah Tetaud, Mohammed Tawfeeq And Rob Picheta, CNN, "The body of a British teenager who fell mysteriously from a plane in Madagascar has been found," 7 Aug. 2019 Less than 10 minutes into the flight, Cutland reportedly unbuckled her seatbelt and opened the door. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Teen found dead in forest after mysterious fall from plane," 7 Aug. 2019 When the best friend’s mother, who was driving, began to have a seizure, Lacy Johnson attempted to steer the vehicle out of harm after unbuckling her seat belt. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair area teen recovering after ejection from vehicle," 24 July 2019 Eventually slowing to a halt after a 30-minute run, Martin unbuckles her seatbelt. Time, "How Transgender Racing Driver Charlie Martin Is Hoping to Make History," 12 June 2019 And while one of them is fairly easy to unbuckle, the other one requires almost super-human strength to undo the buckle and get my child out of the car. Becky Scott, Woman's Day, "Choosing the Right Child's Car Seat," 5 Nov. 2010

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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 How to pronounce unbuckle (audio) \
unbuckled; unbuckling

Kids Definition of unbuckle

: to unfasten the buckle of (as a belt)

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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