un·​clasp | \ ˌən-ˈklasp How to pronounce unclasp (audio) \
unclasped; unclasping; unclasps

Definition of unclasp

transitive verb

1 : to open the clasp of unclasp a purse
2 : to open or cause to be opened unclasp a clenched hand

intransitive verb

: to loosen a hold

Examples of unclasp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The catalogue librarian, John Myers, unclasped the book’s old cover and sat down to see what was inside. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A college says it found an old clump of George Washington’s hair. Hooray!," 14 Feb. 2018 The democratization of data would unclasp the shackles of the quants as well. Daniel Roth, WIRED, "The Plight of the Quants," 11 Mar. 2009

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First Known Use of unclasp

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unclasp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclasp. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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