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

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from a tether

Examples of untether in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet as Lourenço has shown in Angola, sometimes new leaders can untether themselves from their patrons. Judd Devermont, Foreign Affairs, 11 June 2019 Technology like the Mark43 OnScene equips first responders with a smartphone tool that untethers them from their vehicle, but still provides the powerful context and situational awareness of a traditional mobile-data terminal (MDT). Gary Drenik, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Republicans want to untether Virginia from California’s automobile emissions guidelines, which require that all new vehicles be electric or hydrogen-powered by 2035. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2023 Jafferis hopes to untether it by installing a power source on the craft itself. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2012 It gets skewed into these wild and intensely dogmatic beliefs that untether people from reality. Candice Benbow, Essence, 15 Dec. 2022 With Revolver, the Beatles finally took the time to untether themselves from their past. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2022 Many want to untether their careers from their identities. Lindsay Ellis and Angela Yang, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 In collaboration with Avid, Amazon Studios will untether their editorial process to allow creative work to happen from almost anywhere, and centralize the editorial and content workflows in the cloud. Peter Caranicas, Variety, 2 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of untether was circa 1775

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“Untether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untether. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​teth·​er ˌən-ˈtet͟h-ər How to pronounce untether (audio)
: to free from a tether

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