un·​hitch | \ ˌən-ˈhich How to pronounce unhitch (audio) \
unhitched; unhitching; unhitches

Definition of unhitch

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from being hitched

Examples of unhitch in a Sentence

We unhitched the trailer from the car.
Recent Examples on the Web But unfortunately, no matter how much love and promise a couple starts out with, relationships can sour, and couples end up getting unhitched for a number of reasons. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "The 4 Most Common Reasons for Divorce, According to Research," 8 Aug. 2019 Kickstand: This feature will provide more stability for your pup entering and exiting if the trailer is unhitched from the bike. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Bike trailers for your pets," 6 June 2019 While shopping at the popular remodeling store, ReFab, a thief unhitched the 12-ft tall home from Meagan Panu's car, and drove away with her property. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Tiny Home Theft Is On The Rise: Here's How To Protect Your Property," 19 Dec. 2018 Travel trailers are good for campers who want to unhitch and store the camper more easily when not in use, and a plethora of options means that there is something for everyone. Megan Barber, Curbed, "From tiny trailers to huge RVs, a definitive guide to every type of camper," 16 Aug. 2018 Though Jason was able to unhitch his truck from the blazing trailer, the vehicle itself sustained damage as well, the Journal reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Army veteran’s BBQ truck goes up in flames, but he says 'the fire will not win'," 19 July 2018 Hawken, who formerly lived in New Zealand, is proposing unhitching the trailer to leave it in place for three seasons and renting four spaces instead of two. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food truck Drift hopes to expand its footprint in the Third Ward," 12 Apr. 2018 Even as North Carolina unhitched from its conservative Southern heritage in the past decade and became a battleground state — President Obama won here in 2008 — Republicans were taking over state government. Richard Fausset And Trip Gabriel, New York Times, "North Carolina’s Partisan Rift Widens in Fight Over Governor’s Powers," 15 Dec. 2016 After three hours, Maddin unhitched the trailer and drove away, despite his employer’s order to stay with the cargo. Susan Shelley, Orange County Register, "Put the brakes on mandate that’s unfair to California truckers," 26 Mar. 2017

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unhitch

: to disconnect (something) that is attached to something else by a knot, hook, or hitch


un·​hitch | \ ˌən-ˈhich How to pronounce unhitch (audio) \
unhitched; unhitching

Kids Definition of unhitch

: to free from being hitched Unhitch the horses.

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