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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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 Some economists think that the dour talk is overblown and that the stock markets are running on emotion untethered from economic reality, a narrative that gained force as markets in New York snapped back from the depths on Tuesday. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Era of Easy Money Is Ending, and the World Is Bracing for Shocks," 6 Feb. 2018 Bowie was untethered, shape-shifting, floating through space. Nneka Mcguire, chicagotribune.com, "Blind Spot: David Bowie," 19 Jan. 2018 Bruce McCandless was another, the first to fly untethered among the stars. CBS News, "​Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2017," 31 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of untether

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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