un·​but·​ton | \ ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊn How to pronounce unbutton (audio) \
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

Examples of unbutton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brad Knox, then the vice president and counsel at Aflac, told the Post that Lt. Davis had informed him at the time that Mr. Reed had been drinking on the trip and tried to unbutton or unzip an article of her clothing. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Rep. Tom Reed Faces Allegation of Sexual Misconduct," 19 Mar. 2021 The movie ends with a now-infamous encounter between Bakalova's young character, Tutar, and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who appears to unbutton his pants in front of her following an interview. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Borat' star Maria Bakalova, Chadwick Boseman, 'First Cow' top New York Film Critics Circle winners," 18 Dec. 2020 There was a 50-second pause at the start of the press conference as Castellanos had trouble unbuttoning his new jersey. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Nick Castellanos joins the Cincinnati Reds with increased expectations for the 2020 season," 28 Jan. 2020 At home, your child’s nimble fingers have started to help with tasks like unscrewing the cap on the toothpaste tube and (slowly) buttoning or unbuttoning clothes. New York Times, "The science of your 4-year-old," 18 Apr. 2020 My favorite tee depicted Ronald Reagan unbuttoning his dress shirt to reveal a chest made out of the American flag. Lauren Groff, Harper's Magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 30 Mar. 2020 The pros lost their heads as well, with Bersten completely unbuttoning his shirt and Savchenko entirely whipping off his garment. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Lord have mercy!': Hannah Brown, Lauren Alaina's wild salsa dance-off shook 'DWTS'," 6 Nov. 2019 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 Feeling hot, the firefighters unbuttoned their jackets and took off their helmets. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "The Chernobyl Syndrome," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of unbutton

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

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“Unbutton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbutton. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbutton

: to open the buttons of (something)


un·​but·​ton | \ ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊn How to pronounce unbutton (audio) \
unbuttoned; unbuttoning

Kids Definition of unbutton

: to unfasten the buttons of I unbuttoned my shirt.

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