un·​lace | \ˌən-ˈlās \
unlaced; unlacing; unlaces

Definition of unlace 

transitive verb

1 : to loose by undoing a lacing

2 obsolete : undo, disgrace

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At the French Open on Monday, the 36-year-old was abruptly forced to unlace her sneakers because of a chest muscle injury that prevented her from stepping on court. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "What's next for Serena Williams after pulling out of French Open due to injury?," 4 June 2018 Kumar chewed on the aircraft cables that are used as wire to secure his habitat until one broke, allowing him to unlace the wires. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Orangutan at South Carolina Zoo Becoming Quite the Houdini," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unlace

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unlace

: to loosen or pull out the laces of (a shoe, boot, etc.)


un·​lace | \ˌən-ˈlās \
unlaced; unlacing

Kids Definition of unlace

: to undo the laces of unlace a shoe

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