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

Examples of untether in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coach Bill Belichick has never used a first-round pick to select a quarterback, but finally untethered from Brady, the Patriots could do something bold such as trade up and select Herbert. oregonlive, "6 teams that should select Justin Herbert in the 2020 NFL draft," 26 Mar. 2020 The prominence afforded this work overwhelms everything here, even a sublime NASA photograph from 1984 of the astronaut Bruce McCandless II floating untethered in space. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present’ Review: The View From Above," 27 Jan. 2020 In the wake of the charges, a coalition of supervisors, led by Matt Haney, have called for yet another probe to be conducted by an outside firm untethered to city government. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF corruption case: Nuru resigns in wake of fraud charges," 10 Feb. 2020 In New Hampshire this week, no one can miss the fact that the senators are back in the arena -- untethered from Washington and the impeachment trial -- and fighting like crazy. Rick Klein And, ABC News, "The Note: Broad field means race for narrow slices in New Hampshire," 11 Feb. 2020 In 1971, Richard Nixon untethered the dollar from the gold standard, a decision that might have undermined the dollar’s global supremacy. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Everyone Wants to Be a Bank," 6 Jan. 2020 In the 1950s, Bacon made paintings that still raise the hairs on the back of your neck, of screaming figures, bodies trapped in hellish spaces, isolated and untethered from the world. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "A French exhibition of Francis Bacon turns him into that pseudointellectual dude from college," 31 Oct. 2019 Accounts of colonialism, prejudice, and abuse sound watered down and, in some cases, untethered from their perpetrators, so that the state of black America almost feels like an inevitability. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "The Smithsonian’s Black-History Museum Will Always Be a Failure and a Success," 24 Oct. 2019 Unlike Cabernet or Chardonnay, Merlot is untethered from outdated expectations. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "You're Not Going to Believe I'm Saying This, But Merlot Is Back," 22 Nov. 2019

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circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Untether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untether. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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