un·​teth·​er | \ ˌən-ˈte-t͟hər How to pronounce untether (audio) \
untethered; untethering; untethers

Definition of untether

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from a tether

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Now, though, those two worlds are merging, with a tiny, exceedingly simple robot modeled after larval jellyfish that can scoot around untethered like the real thing. Matt Simon, WIRED, "This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer," 2 July 2019 Especially in San Francisco, homelessness is at least partly untethered from the housing market: Drug abuse and serious psychological problems are rampant. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 Viewers now are turning to quality TV that requires less investment — shows that are untethered from a single group of characters, genre or even story. Randee Dawn, latimes.com, "Anthologies like 'Twilight Zone' and 'Black Mirror' may soothe viewers' cancellation angst," 5 June 2019 Photo: Agnes Dherbeys for The Wall Street Journal Mr. di Maio found common cause with the yellow vest movement, since his own 5 Star Movement began as a grass-roots initiative untethered to political parties. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "After Confronting Macron, France’s Yellow Vest Movement Turns on Itself," 23 Feb. 2019 Writer/director Jordan Peele takes it a step further in Us, his new movie that highlights a society untethered from faith and comprised of humans entirely self-consumed and detached from one another. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 The Weekly Standard’s version of conservatism was one that was supposed to be untethered — to candidates or specific matters of policy or even to the brass tacks of politics itself. Jane Coaston, Vox, "What the Weekly Standard meant to conservatism," 14 Dec. 2018 Share your location Sure, part of the fun of a solo road trip is being untethered. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "6 safety tips for a solo road trip," 3 Aug. 2018 Being untethered from big news and acting as an outlet unto herself means Yellin is now free to present stories in a thoughtful way that takes women and their experiences into account. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jessica Yellin Is a Veteran Reporter Out to Change the Way You Get Your News," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of untether

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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