unshackle

verb
un·​shack·​le | \ˌən-ˈsha-kəl \
unshackled; unshackling; unshackles

Definition of unshackle 

transitive verb

: to free from shackles

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The moment embodied one of Trump’s main political promises: to promote pro-business policies that unshackle industry and the economy. Coral Davenport And Ana Swanson, BostonGlobe.com, "Are Trump’s policy decisions undermining industries he pledged to help?," 5 July 2018 The moment embodied one of Mr. Trump’s main political promises — to promote pro-business policies that unshackle industry and the economy. New York Times, "How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help," 4 July 2018 That, of course, is exactly the point of Westworld: to be a place where people can unshackle themselves from reality and its pesky social mores. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 That, of course, is exactly the point of Westworld: to be a place where people can unshackle themselves from reality and its pesky social mores. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 That, of course, is exactly the point of Westworld: to be a place where people can unshackle themselves from reality and its pesky social mores. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 Capitalizing on a campaign promise, Trump said casting aside the U.N. pact would unshackle U.S. energy and thwart economic rivals. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "What Has Changed—and What Has Not—Since Paris Withdrawal Announcement," 1 June 2018 That, of course, is exactly the point of Westworld: to be a place where people can unshackle themselves from reality and its pesky social mores. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive," 21 May 2018 That, of course, is exactly the point of Westworld: to be a place where people can unshackle themselves from reality and its pesky social mores. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 4: More Human Than Human," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of unshackle

1598, in the meaning defined above

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unshackle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unshackle

: to take shackles or handcuffs off (someone)

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