unshackle

verb
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 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, "Rhody McCoy, key figure in New York’s school wars," 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, "The Pandemic Has Reminded Americans They Are Capable of Baking," 12 May 2020 Financial watchdogs warned against Trump's efforts to unshackle America's banks. Matt Egan, CNN, "Mike Bloomberg might not be Wall Street's BFF after all," 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, "How Your Laptop Ruined Your Life," 10 Feb. 2020 The president, who has jokingly called himself Captain Chainsaw, won election in late 2018 in part by promising to unshackle Brazil’s economic potential, even in the Amazon. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Squatters Cut Down the Rainforest. Brazil Wants to Give Them the Land.," 31 Jan. 2020 Many are also looking ahead as the Asian nation looks to unshackle its 14 trillion yuan mutual funds industry. Bloomberg.com, "World’s Most Famous Hedge Funds Get Cold Shoulder in China," 29 Nov. 2019 Many are also looking ahead as the Asian nation looks to unshackle its 14 trillion yuan mutual funds industry. Bloomberg.com, "World’s Most Famous Hedge Funds Get Cold Shoulder in China," 29 Nov. 2019 Many are also looking ahead as the Asian nation looks to unshackle its 14 trillion yuan mutual funds industry. Bloomberg.com, "World’s Most Famous Hedge Funds Get Cold Shoulder in China," 29 Nov. 2019

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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unshackle

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of unshackle

: to take shackles or handcuffs off (someone)

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