untether

verb
un·​teth·​er | \ ˌən-ˈte-t͟hər \
untethered; untethering; untethers

Definition of untether

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from a tether

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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 When asked at a news conference about the decision to untether him from Jordan Spieth—Reed’s partner in 2014 and 2016—Reed smirked, looked over at Spieth and did not answer. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Top U.S. Golfers Thrown Off Their Game in Ryder Cup," 30 Sep. 2018 Being able to walk around a gym untethered, all while blasting my own personal soundtrack, helps me feel more confident, keeps me focused on the task at hand, and prevents me from spiraling too far into my own head. Gray Chapman, SELF, "Here's How I Conquered Weight Room Anxiety," 8 Sep. 2018 Treading water now, untethered in the chop, they were almost immediately torn in different directions. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Our smartphones untether us from the office, saving us energy on travel, but also allow our lives to be interrupted nearly 24 hours a day, chewing up any productive idle time. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency," 4 June 2018 Joined by bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Justin Faulkner, Evans can stretch out in ways that the Bad Plus’ stripped-down, pop-leaning aesthetic really doesn’t allow, making this an ideal opportunity to hear a hard-hitting jazz pianist untethered. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Henry Johnson to 'Tootie' Heath to Patricia Barber, a busy jazz week in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of untether

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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