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

transitive verb

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

Examples of unknot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea is that a meditative approach can allow people to feel with resilience and unknot the ropework of repression without being flooded into despair. Hazlitt, 15 Sep. 2022 In nearly eight years, the Republican has appointed nearly 60 percent of the state’s 418 justices, installing judges who will oversee murder trials, reshape constitutional law, and unknot thorny civil litigation for years, if not decades, to come. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Dec. 2022 Being an open-ended query is an ideal state for an online girl, who will doubtless find a million other users hoping to provide her answer, helping to unknot her prettily furrowed brow. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2022 Acupressure mats can also improve circulation, unknot tight muscles, and improve sleep. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 2 Aug. 2022 If someone comes up with an algorithm that can unknot any knot in what’s called polynomial time, that will put the Unknotting Problem fully to rest. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 One of the issues the Supreme Court must unknot is whether Kennedy was praying as a private citizen or as an assistant coach and school employee. Editors, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Milwaukee's rally began quietly enough with a pair of Antetokounmpo free throws to unknot the score. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 25 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unknot was in 1598

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“Unknot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unknot. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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