un·​hook | \ ˌən-ˈhu̇k How to pronounce unhook (audio) \
unhooked; unhooking; unhooks

Definition of unhook

transitive verb

1 : to remove from a hook
2 : to unfasten by disengaging a hook
3 : to free from a habit or dependency

Examples of unhook in a Sentence

He unhooked the fish from the line. She reached behind her and unhooked her bra.
Recent Examples on the Web Then at the hospital, Mubaiwa waited for her husband’s security officers to leave the room before allegedly unhooking his intravenous lines. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, "Wife of Zimbabwe vice president charged with money laundering, marriage fraud and attempting to kill her husband," 17 Dec. 2019 The Texas man didn't think twice before trying to unhook the dog from its leash One Texas man took neighborly duties to a whole new level this week. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Man Saves Neighbor's Dog After the Animal's Leash Gets Stuck in Moving Elevator Door," 12 Dec. 2019 Macdonald, still riding it like a bronco, unhooked the lines. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 Some anglers also found to their chagrin that those multiple hooks stuck in hands and legs just as quickly as in bass—unhooking an A-rig fish was ticklish business. Frank Sargeant, al, "Digging deeper into the rise and fall of the Alabama Rig," 29 Sep. 2019 Gonzalez reached up to a low-hanging tree branch and unhooked the wire holding the wooden contraption. Karine Aigner, National Geographic, "Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests," 25 July 2019 Kenneth managed to unhook his John Deere toy tractor from its trailer and drive himself to the annual county fair, Chisago County Sgt. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A Minnesota toddler drove himself to the county fair in his toy tractor. Police found him at the Tilt-A-Whirl," 21 July 2019 Loosen the switch terminal screws, unhook the wires from them, and remove the switch. Rotate the meter’s dial to the Ohm setting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Digital Multimeter," 25 July 2019 Janine does as Hodgson recommends and unhooks Charlotte from her hospital machines. refinery29.com, "What The Handmaid's Tale Could Learn From Meghan Markle's Wedding Vows," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of unhook

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2020

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“Unhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhook. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unhook

: to remove (something) from a hook
: to open or remove (something that is attached with hooks)


un·​hook | \ ˌən-ˈhu̇k How to pronounce unhook (audio) \
unhooked; unhooking

Kids Definition of unhook

1 : to remove from a hook He unhooked the fish.
2 : to unfasten the hooks of I unhooked my belt.

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