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.
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First Known Use of unhook

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Mar 2021

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“Unhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhook. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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