un·​knot | \ ˌən-ˈnät How to pronounce unknot (audio) \
unknotted; unknotting

Definition of unknot

transitive verb

: to undo a knot in unknot a rope an unknotted tie

Examples of unknot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Milwaukee's rally began quietly enough with a pair of Antetokounmpo free throws to unknot the score. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 127, Spurs 118: Giannis and Brook Lopez took over and then everyone got involved," 4 Jan. 2020 In different ways, these two books, particularly Crespino’s, unknot the immense tangle of racial and personal and regional issues that Lee reflected and defined. Charles Finch, USA TODAY, "Two new books reflect on why 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and Atticus Finch, matter so much," 25 June 2018 Tudor Fieldhouse was still crackling after Connor Cashaw stepped up and sank a mid-range jumper to unknot what was a 60-60 tie. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Rice falls to FAU on buzzer-beater," 27 Jan. 2018 Work meant to unknot one of Houston’s most crippling bottlenecks south of downtown will tie up northbound traffic along Interstate 45 for days, officials warn. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "I-45 lanes shuttered this weekend reopening slowly," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of unknot

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Unknot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unknot. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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