un·​lace | \ ˌən-ˈlās How to pronounce unlace (audio) \
unlaced; unlacing; unlaces

Definition of unlace

transitive verb

1 : to loose by undoing a lacing
2 obsolete : undo, disgrace

Examples of unlace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their joy turns to horror as a train approaches and Buddy struggles to unlace his shoe. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Young Idgie from ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ is all grown up," 9 Dec. 2020 Keep your shoes laced normally, then unlace the top two eyelets (this includes that extra eyelet on the top). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 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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“Unlace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlace. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce unlace (audio) \
unlaced; unlacing

Kids Definition of unlace

: to undo the laces of unlace a shoe

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