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

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Examples of unchain in a Sentence

activists for animal rights who would like to unchain zoo animals and return them to the wild

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When unchained from the desk, Benke reported from around New Mexico. Washington Post, "Veteran AP newsman, author Richard Benke dies," 5 July 2019 Getting leading scorer Goran Dragic unchained in the fourth quarter is another priority. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Down 3-1 in the best-of 7 series, Dwyane Wade and the Heat are focusing on doing this | Miami Herald," 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, "Speaker Ryan to retire: What that says about the GOP, midterms," 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, "A look at the lives of 13 siblings held captive in a house full of chains — and what comes next," 19 Jan. 2018 Trump's call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was particularly unchained, with Trump berating him over Australia's deal to send refugees to the United States. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Here’s what we know about Trump the diplomat ahead of his Kim Jong Un meeting," 9 Mar. 2018 From fights for fairness in a small Indiana town, to freedom unchained at the Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally. Alton Strupp, The Courier-Journal, "Our best images of 2017: Check out Alton Strupp's photos," 26 Dec. 2017 In agreement, Blocker unchains his prisoners and, when Pike begins to calm down, the knee-jerk suspicion and cross-currents of hatred among disparate people begin to subside. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hostiles': Film Review | Telluride 2017," 3 Sep. 2017 Aleksey Medvedovskiy, the chief executive of NYC Taxi Group, has spent two years developing an app that unchains drivers from the garage model altogether. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NYC Taxi Drivers Get New Lease on Work Life," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unchain

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unchain was in 1582

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