un·​leash | \ ˌən-ˈlēsh How to pronounce unleash (audio) \
unleashed; unleashing; unleashes

Definition of unleash

transitive verb

1 : to free from or as if from a leash : let loose unleash the dogs unleashing his anger
2 : to throw, shoot, or set in motion forcefully unleashed a superb shot … to earn his side a pointThe New York Times

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Examples of unleash in a Sentence

The storm unleashed its fury. The editorial unleashed a torrent of angry responses.
Recent Examples on the Web The Obama administration’s decision in 2013 not to prosecute a major antitrust case against Google helped unleash surveillance capitalism. Roger Mcnamee, Time, "America Can't Wait for Legislators to Rein in Big Tech. The Biden Administration Must Focus on Antitrust," 2 Apr. 2021 But everything is different this time around and Yelich looks ready to unleash another MVP-caliber season. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Brewers in 2021: Three reasons to believe; three reasons not to believe," 30 Mar. 2021 Bay Area tuning shop Kar Tunz tweaked the fuel map and cranked the boost on the already quick Lamborghini Urus to unleash an even wilder beast. Austin Irwin And Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "The Quickest SUVs We’ve Ever Tested," 22 Mar. 2021 To unleash these touchpoints at scale, companies may need to invest in new digital innovations. Steve Cox, Forbes, "Three Employee Experience Strategies To Lean Into Right Now," 17 Mar. 2021 Another would promote the development of carbon capture and hydrogen technologies through the DOE loan program that the Biden administration wants to unleash. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by Bipartisan Policy Center: House GOP plays defense with clean energy proposal," 15 Mar. 2021 Toward the end, the book shifts into the ethical dilemmas that CRISPR could unleash if humans start editing our DNA. Washington Post, "The fierce scientific rivalry over a powerful gene-editing technology," 12 Mar. 2021 And the all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has been cited by Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas as a direct competitor to Tesla in response to sales already, as other automakers prepare to unleash new electric vehicles, too. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford CEO 'humbled' to team up with top environmentalist as part of global team," 8 Mar. 2021 Consumers have a lot of financial firepower to unleash as the economy opens up and COVID-19 retreats. Chris Farrell, Star Tribune, "Take advantage of this rare opportunity to reduce financial risk," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unleash

circa 1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unleash was circa 1671

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5 Apr 2021

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“Unleash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unleash. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unleash

: to allow or cause (something very powerful) to happen suddenly
: to remove a leash from (an animal) so that it can freely run, attack someone, etc.


un·​leash | \ ˌən-ˈlēsh How to pronounce unleash (audio) \
unleashed; unleashing

Kids Definition of unleash

: to free from or as if from a leash A storm unleashed its fury.

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