un·​pin ˌən-ˈpin How to pronounce unpin (audio)
unpinned; unpinning; unpins

transitive verb

: to remove a pin from
: to loosen, free, or unfasten by or as if by removing a pin

Examples of unpin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a blistering August afternoon, Yusuke Kawai, 42, unpinned the metal netting and gathered the clams in his hands for inspection. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 To unpin the app, swipe from the bottom of your screen and hold. David Nield, Popular Science, 6 Mar. 2023 Repeat the process to unpin. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 12 June 2020 When the pumpkin gets soft, simply unpin the plants, gently pry them from the moss and plant them in a pot with well-draining soil. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Users can also unpin their own feed, hide it, or push it off to the side. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 21 Apr. 2021 To unpin a tab, right-click the tab and select Unpin. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 29 Mar. 2021 To unpin, swipe up from the bottom of the screen again, and your phone will go directly to the lock screen and ask you for your PIN, your pattern, or your pretty face to unlock it. David Nield, Popular Science, 4 Mar. 2021 Some of that discontent is personality-driven, such as in South Carolina, where Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is having trouble unpinning the label his opponents slapped on him as a corrupt insider. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, 26 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpin was in the 14th century

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“Unpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpin. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​pin ˌən-ˈpin How to pronounce unpin (audio)
: to remove a pin from : unfasten
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