un·​stick ˌən-ˈstik How to pronounce unstick (audio)
unstuck ˌən-ˈstək How to pronounce unstick (audio) ; unsticking

transitive verb

: to release from a state of adhesion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not having to unstick mower blades coated with grass and dirt after more than half a year in the garage is a bonus. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 This spring, the engineers decided the best course was to fire both the primary and backup deployment motors for the solar array simultaneously in hopes that this additional force would unstick the lanyard. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2022 The video clip shows that the driver gets about halfway through the line before needing to reverse and unstick a pesky motorcycle before charging back down to finish the job. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 22 June 2022 Speaking of separation, Kansas star senior and Big 12 leading scorer Ochai Agbaji couldn’t unstick himself from Texas senior guard Courtney Ramey. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Feb. 2022 If bowls have been stacked on a shelf for a time and are stuck together, here’s how to unstick them without causing damage. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 But the CHIPS act is stuck in Congress, and Gelsinger is spending a good chunk of his time trying to unstick it. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2021 That reframing exercise is a really powerful one to be able to unstick yourself and then to be able to move forward in a new direction. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Hochul pledged quick action to unstick an application bottleneck that has kept federal aid money from flowing to renters who suffered financially because of the pandemic. Fox News, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unstick was in 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Unstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstick. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



un·​stick ˌən-ˈstik How to pronounce unstick (audio)
unstuck -ˈstək How to pronounce unstick (audio) ; unsticking
: to free from being stuck or bound
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