unhook

verb

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

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhook was in 1611

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“Unhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhook. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

unhook

verb
un·​hook ˌən-ˈhu̇k How to pronounce unhook (audio)
1
: to remove from a hook
2
: to unfasten the hooks of

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