un·​chain | \ ˌən-ˈchān How to pronounce unchain (audio) \
unchained; unchaining; unchains

Definition of unchain

transitive verb

: to free by or as if by removing a chain : set loose unchain workers from their desks

Examples of unchain in a Sentence

activists for animal rights who would like to unchain zoo animals and return them to the wild
Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, the rescuers carefully lifted the shed enough to reach Bubbles and unchain the dog. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 3 Sep. 2021 The feds give an official exemption to Nuro, a company working on small self-driving cars—a sign that regulators are willing to unchain autonomous vehicles from the old rules. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 9 Feb. 2020 Police say the three protesters had the ability to unchain themselves from the equipment but refused. USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2019 This most recent stretch includes half of his six big league homers, moments in which Naylor’s unchained enthusiasm for the game has teammates tripping over themselves to get out of his way. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2019 When unchained from the desk, Benke reported from around New Mexico. Washington Post, 5 July 2019 Getting leading scorer Goran Dragic unchained in the fourth quarter is another priority. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, 23 Apr. 2018 Now that the speaker is unchained from a mercurial president who tries the patience of even his friends, will Ryan spend his remaining time in office speaking his mind, as other retiring members are doing? Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Apr. 2018 The parents were able to get two of the children, 11 and 14, unchained before police entered, but a 22-year-old remained chained to the bed. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of unchain

1582, in the meaning defined above

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“Unchain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unchain. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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