un·​sheathe | \ ˌən-ˈshēt͟h How to pronounce unsheathe (audio) \
unsheathed; unsheathing; unsheathes

Definition of unsheathe

transitive verb

: to draw from or as if from a sheath or scabbard unsheathed his sword

Examples of unsheathe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the train pulled up to the game's familiar train station, the iconic hero landed from a somersault jump by dramatically unsheathing his massive Buster Sword. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines Square Enix E3 event, gets March 2020 launch," 11 June 2019 While common decency and office dress codes require more than a few thin straps of material above the knees (even on 90-degree days) these nearly nude numbers leave your feet coolly unsheathed. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Found: The Ideal Summer Sandal for Women," 21 June 2018 Castillo unsheathed it, pointing the fixed blade at the employee, the report states. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Police report details robbery, struggle to subdue man fatally shot on Loop 410," 31 Jan. 2018 Upon assuming office, Krasner — who campaigned on a pledge of sweeping reforms — has wasted little time unsheathing his own metaphorical sword. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "DA Krasner promised change. His first full week showed he meant it.," 13 Jan. 2018 Here are five takeaways from the Packers' victory: Desperate times: If there was any confusion about what the Packers must do to reach the playoffs, their opening possession unsheathed the desperation. Michael Cohen, USA TODAY, "Packers 27, Browns 21: Five takeaways from second straight OT win," 10 Dec. 2017 A young man, wearing the white shirt and black trousers of the Orthodox, runs past the camera, desperately glancing behind him as the two boys, long knives now unsheathed, chase after him. Geraldine Brooks, The New Yorker, "The Dovekeeper and the Children’s Intifada," 27 May 2017 Leslie Pittman and another NCO unsheathe their bayonets, leap on the spot Torres and Burley indicate, and begin digging. David Axe, WIRED, "Troops in Afghanistan Use Shovels, Feet to Stop Bombs," 22 Mar. 2011 Meanwhile, Kushner’s enemies, sensing vulnerability and opportunity, are unsheathing their blades and saying unkind things about their rival. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "For Trump, Is there Life After Jared Kushner?," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of unsheathe

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsheathe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsheathe. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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un·​sheathe | \ ˌən-ˈshēt͟h How to pronounce unsheathe (audio) \
unsheathed; unsheathing

Kids Definition of unsheathe

: to draw from or as if from a sheath The knight unsheathed a sword.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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