un·​stitch ˌən-ˈstich How to pronounce unstitch (audio)
unstitched; unstitching

transitive verb

: to take out the stitches of : to undo or separate by removing stitches
unstitch a seam

Examples of unstitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The energy reforms of 2013 began to unstitch this by allowing foreign firms to bid for oil contracts in transparent auctions broadcast online. The Economist, 14 June 2018 Since Steinhoff recently withdrew that sponsorship, athletes have been forced to unstitch its emblem from their jerseys and groundsmen to take down the posters and signs that bore the company’s name. Janice Kew, Bloomberg.com, 2 Feb. 2018 One afternoon, after finishing a cup of coffee in her living room, Greta discovered how to unstitch herself. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2017 They sutured closed a single eye of an eight-day-old kitten and unstitched it three months later. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 15 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unstitch was in 1538

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“Unstitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstitch. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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