un·​moor | \ ˌən-ˈmu̇r How to pronounce unmoor (audio) \
unmoored; unmooring; unmoors

Definition of unmoor

transitive verb

: to loosen from or as if from moorings

intransitive verb

: to cast off moorings

Examples of unmoor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Especially onscreen: Overachiever Ted Kramer is seen unmoored by the simple task of making French toast for his son. Jim Mckairnes, USA TODAY, "How 'Kramer vs. Kramer' hit a national nerve, 40 years before 'Marriage Story'," 20 Dec. 2019 The granting of Indian independence—both overdue and, in execution, hasty—left him stunned and unmoored, and caused a fundamental rethinking of his views. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "From Little Englanders to Brexiteers," 11 Nov. 2019 Academics were excited — and sometimes alarmed — by the radical approach of Jacques Derrida, who seemed set on unmooring the stability of language. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "In the impeachment spin wars, only the English majors can save us," 12 Dec. 2019 And indeed, seeing Sandler transformed into Howard Ratner is unmooring for anyone who has spent enough time around him, onscreen or off. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, "Adam Sandler’s Everlasting Shtick," 27 Nov. 2019 The floodgates were opened for ideas unmoored from experience and common sense, such as conspiracy theories. Daniel Pipes, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Tyranny of Bad Ideas," 26 Aug. 2018 Libby’s sympathies — and ours — are suddenly unmoored in the conflicting currents of love and resentment. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ — and so is modern marriage," 13 June 2019 The point is to transport viewers into the singer’s vibrant inner life, unmoored by reality. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Rocketman’s music director explains why you shouldn’t compare it to Bohemian Rhapsody," 17 June 2019 The catastrophe of World War I, precipitated by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, unmoored the empire’s provinces. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of unmoor

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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7 Jan 2020

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“Unmoor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmoor. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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