unmake

verb
un·​make | \ ˌən-ˈmāk How to pronounce unmake (audio) \
unmade\ ˌən-​ˈmād How to pronounce unmake (audio) \; unmaking

Definition of unmake

transitive verb

1 : to cause to disappear : destroy
2 : to deprive of rank or office : depose
3 : to deprive of essential characteristics : change the nature of

Examples of unmake in a Sentence

a movie studio chief who likes to boast that he can unmake any star in Hollywood if he wishes
Recent Examples on the Web The devices, many of them suspect, also serve to sap the hardiness of a self that could resist and unmake all these other indignities. Choire Sicha, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 The Senate has the power to make and unmake such procedures; the Democratic Party could have done away with the filibuster in 2009 and simply chose not to. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The devices, many of them suspect, also serve to sap the hardiness of a self that could resist and unmake all these other indignities. Choire Sicha, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 The Senate has the power to make and unmake such procedures; the Democratic Party could have done away with the filibuster in 2009 and simply chose not to. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The devices, many of them suspect, also serve to sap the hardiness of a self that could resist and unmake all these other indignities. Choire Sicha, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 The Senate has the power to make and unmake such procedures; the Democratic Party could have done away with the filibuster in 2009 and simply chose not to. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The Senate has the power to make and unmake such procedures; the Democratic Party could have done away with the filibuster in 2009 and simply chose not to. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 The Senate has the power to make and unmake such procedures; the Democratic Party could have done away with the filibuster in 2009 and simply chose not to. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unmake

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unmake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmake. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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