un·​moor | \ ˌən-ˈmu̇r \
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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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 This announcement is partly the consequence of a White House that has been unmoored since Rob Porter’s departure amid allegations of abuse by his two ex-wives. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump triangulates on trade. Here are five takeaways from the tariff announcement.," 2 Mar. 2018 Months of personal upheaval had unmoored me, leaving me marginally employed and roving between apartment- and dog-sitting gigs. Alison Kinney, Longreads, "The Man in the Mirror," 10 Mar. 2018 Macron is expected to use the forum as the latest platform to pitch his vision of a reinvigorated, integrated Europe capable of holding its own in a world increasingly unmoored from the geopolitical arrangements of the 20th century. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Even in optimistic Davos, winter has come," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unmoor

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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