un·​but·​ton | \ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊn \
unbuttoned; unbuttoning; unbuttons

Definition of unbutton 

transitive verb

1 : to loose the buttons of

2 : to open by or as if by loosing buttons

intransitive verb

: to undo buttons

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One is a triptych of three women unbuttoning and revealing their bras while seeming to almost fly. Anne Tschida, miamiherald, "Miami artist’s videos are known around the world. Now, locals can see them too.," 11 Jan. 2018 While doing so, Puscian says Conley grabbed her, spun her around, unbuttoned her pants and pulled her pants down. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 Thompson recalled unbuttoning his harness, coming out of the airship and trying to stand up and attempting to run. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trevor Thompson survived Erin Hills air blimp crash. This is the rest of the story," 13 June 2018 When he was introduced to the media in Minneapolis as a member of the Class of 2018, Brazile unbuttoned his suit coat, opened it and proudly displayed the belt buckle Phillips had given him. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "Oilers' Robert Brazile proudly wears Bum Phillips' belt buckle," 14 Feb. 2018 After a particularly rough night, my wife found me at 4 A.M., sitting in the corner of our bedroom, trying, and failing, to unbutton my shirt. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 2018 The teenager later awakened to Bernard trying to unbutton his pants, the DA's office said. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Ponchatoula man gets 99 years for sex crimes against juveniles," 27 Feb. 2018 Spread collar shirts are elegant, but they're structured in a way that just looks off (okay, just back from a bender, really) when unbuttoned with a tie. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Gordon Hayward Bricked His Celtics Debut," 1 Sep. 2017 That compact sedan surprised everyone, and despite never seriously challenging the BMW M3 or Mercedes C63 AMG during its seven-year model run, the IS F proved Lexus could unbutton its collar and cut loose. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Black ’n’ Blue: Lexus GS F and RC F 10th-Anniversary Specials," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unbutton

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unbutton

: to open the buttons of (something)


un·​but·​ton | \ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊn \
unbuttoned; unbuttoning

Kids Definition of unbutton

: to unfasten the buttons of I unbuttoned my shirt.

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