un·​pair ˌən-ˈper How to pronounce unpair (audio)
unpaired; unpairing; unpairs

transitive verb

: to cause (things or people) to no longer be matched, associated, connected, etc. in or as a pair : separate
… lawmakers made substantial changes to the recommended maps. Some of the changes were designed to unpair incumbents and ensure they wouldn't have to run against each other or move to keep a legislative seat.Dan McKay and Dan Boyd
often, specifically : to disconnect (a pair of networked devices or one member of such a pair) by removing an established connection
We recommend that you unpair your devices by going to the Bluetooth settings on both your PC and your Android phone … learn.microsoft.com
If you have an Apple Watch, you should make sure it's backed up so you can unpair it from your old iPhone and sync it with your new one. Macworld

Examples of unpair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For an iPhone follow these steps: If your phone is paired with an Apple Watch, be sure to unpair it before beginning this process. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpair was circa 1677

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“Unpair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpair. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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