un·​shack·​le | \ ˌən-ˈsha-kəl How to pronounce unshackle (audio) \
unshackled; unshackling; unshackles

Definition of unshackle

transitive verb

: to free from shackles

Examples of unshackle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, the zoo agreed to provide Kaavan with more water and to unshackle him, but little else changed. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2021 However, a flat-deck Type 003 carrier under construction introduces an electromagnetic catapult system, which should unshackle the performance of embarked air wings. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The government says the new laws will unshackle farmers and private investment, bringing growth. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2021 Hitchens mocked religious belief yet could never quite unshackle himself from socialist belief, despite its similar tendencies toward intellectual constriction. Tom Bissell, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2020 The reformers viewed decentralization as an experiment that would unshackle the underperforming Ocean Hill-Brownsville district from the Board of Education’s hidebound central bureaucracy. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2020 This tradeoff has helped further unshackle a generation of women from lives filled with little more than compulsory cooking and cleaning. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 12 May 2020 Financial watchdogs warned against Trump's efforts to unshackle America's banks. Matt Egan, CNN, 18 Feb. 2020 The rapid availability of wireless internet meant more people could unshackle themselves from their rigid office lives and daily commutes. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unshackle

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Unshackle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshackle. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unshackle

: to take shackles or handcuffs off (someone)

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