un·​muz·​zle ˌən-ˈmə-zəl How to pronounce unmuzzle (audio)
unmuzzled; unmuzzling

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from a muzzle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Granted, in 2019 Mr Tshisekedi unmuzzled the media, allowed peaceful protests and released some 700 political prisoners. The Economist, 6 Feb. 2020 Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria — triggering a deadly Turkish invasion targeting the US’s erstwhile Syrian Kurdish allies — has unmuzzled GOP lawmakers in a manner seldom seen since Trump entered the White House. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2019 Mr Moreno unmuzzled the press and stopped meddling in the judiciary. The Economist, 2 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmuzzle was circa 1585

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“Unmuzzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmuzzle. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



un·​muz·​zle ˌən-ˈməz-əl How to pronounce unmuzzle (audio)
: to remove a muzzle from
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