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 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 Once the shark was situated more inland, the angler was able to unhook the shark, tag it and take pictures with the sea creature. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas angler hooks 11-foot tiger shark: 'It was the catch of a lifetime'," 23 May 2018 Uploader Elliot Sudal was about to unhook a large fish from his girlfriend’s line in the Everglades National Park when the greedy gator seized it and proceeded to eat it. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels," 10 May 2018 After a few minutes, Callaghan returned to unhook us. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Cut, "Can Scientists Tell Me If I’m a Good Mom?," 17 Apr. 2018 Once the drone has stopped bouncing around, the flight technicians unhook it and get ready for the next, maybe life-saving, delivery. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The World’s Fastest Drones Want to Save Lives in America, Too," 3 Apr. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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