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 Regardless of how much new gas ultimately comes online, very little of it will help Europe now, when countries on the continent are desperate to unshackle themselves from Russian energy. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 General Electric’s decision to unshackle its core industrial businesses by splitting itself into three separate companies hasn’t done much for investors. Ryan Beene, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021 One of the best things to happen from the outbreak was the freedom to unshackle from the bonds of being in an office building over 80 hours a day, five days a week. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Collectively, the hope is that these new projects completely change the perception of Taranto, for visitors and residents alike, and unshackle the city's destiny from that of Ilva. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Five years ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged to unshackle the economy from oil exports by 2020. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, 19 July 2021 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 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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