unloose

verb

un·​loose ˌən-ˈlüs How to pronounce unloose (audio)
unloosed; unloosing; unlooses

transitive verb

1
: to relax the strain of
unloose a grip
2
: to release from or as if from restraints : set free
3
: to loosen the ties of
unloose traditional social bonds

Examples of unloose in a Sentence

He unloosed the bonds that held her. the familiar scent unloosed a flood of pleasant memories from her childhood
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of unloose was in the 14th century

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“Unloose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unloose. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

unloose

verb
un·​loose ˌən-ˈlüs How to pronounce unloose (audio)
ˈən-
1
: to make looser : relax
unloose a grip
2
: to set free
the new rules unloosed a flood of complaints
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