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 Air Raid was meant instead to unshackle quarterbacks from extraneous responsibility. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC quarterback JT Daniels is ready for a big season after a summer of change," 30 Aug. 2019 But within the United States, plenty of power brokers and ideologues have long sought to unshackle themselves from INF restrictions, regardless of Russia’s state of compliance. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Trump’s Reckless New Missile Race," 5 Aug. 2019 If his goal is to unshackle the Church from her bimillennial moorings, that is another project altogether, one that might not be aided by waiting for a consensus of theological opinion. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Is Pope Francis Saying about Communion?," 10 June 2019 The papier-mâché likeness of the Statue of Liberty appeared in Tiananmen Square as protests convulsed Beijing and other cities seeking to unshackle the world’s most populous country from endemic corruption. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "How the Tiananmen Square Massacre Changed China Forever," 4 June 2019 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 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 After hours in labor, her doctor decided to break her water, and demanded the guard finally unshackle her leg from the rail of the hospital bed. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "'I felt like a caged animal.' Pa. woman claims jail illegally shackled her during labor," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of unshackle

1598, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unshackle

: to take shackles or handcuffs off (someone)

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