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

transitive verb

: to open the clasp of
unclasp a purse
: 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 His hands, with their many rings, are broad and eloquent, delicately clasping and unclasping in syncopated claps. James Parker, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2019 The catalogue librarian, John Myers, unclasped the book’s old cover and sat down to see what was inside. Avi Selk, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2018 The democratization of data would unclasp the shackles of the quants as well. Daniel Roth, WIRED, 11 Mar. 2009

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of unclasp was in 1530

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“Unclasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclasp. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​clasp ˌən-ˈklasp How to pronounce unclasp (audio)
: to release from a clasp

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