unmoor

verb
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

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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 But his paranoia is unmoored from the current political climate, which makes the film’s final veer back to Ed’s obsession seem all the more forced and hollow. Mark Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Tomorrow Man’ review: John Lithgow plays a prepper readying for world’s end, yet hoping for romance," 4 June 2019 Once the industry shifted to ready-to-wear, Capucci withdrew from the seasonal calendar to continue his craft, leaving his namesake line unmoored, despite several attempts to jump-start it. Monica Kim, Vogue, "How an Italian-French Duo Is Bringing a Roman Couturier Into the 21st Century," 11 Mar. 2019 That’s what happens when money floats into the ether of latter-day Wall Street, unmoored by connection to substance. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 In 2017 alone, almost 12 million people fled from violence, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center—and almost 19 million more were unmoored by catastrophic weather and other natural disasters. Erika P. Rodriguez, Smithsonian, "Photo of the day," 27 June 2018 Economic jolts unmoored the city, which then turned to new industries for revitalization. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The new magnetism of mid-size cities," 1 May 2018 And when the adventure is over, the tent can simply be unmoored from the vehicle’s roof rack and propped against a garage wall until the next time nature calls. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "The Easiest Place to Camp? On Top of Your Car," 4 Apr. 2018 Most importantly, these apps buck one of the oldest stereotypes of treatment—that unmooring a person from their life is the only way to curb addiction. Zachary Siegel, WIRED, "Addiction Rehab is Broken. Can Technology Fix It?," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unmoor

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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