un·​tie | \ ˌən-ˈtī How to pronounce untie (audio) \
untied; untying or untieing

Definition of untie

transitive verb

1 : to free from something that ties, fastens, or restrains : unbind untied our hands
2a : to disengage the knotted parts of untie a shoe
b : disentangle, resolve untie a traffic jam

intransitive verb

: to become loosened or unbound

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Examples of untie in a Sentence

He untied the package and opened it. She untied the horse from the post.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to a universal cleat fit, the Technes have a microfiber and mesh upper lining to keep them breathable, and velcro straps for a secure fit—and no laces that could untie mid-ride and tangle. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "15 things you need if you just bought a Peloton," 21 Oct. 2020 Use a small piece of twine to tie the legs together right at the ends, but be sure that the bow will be easy to untie or cut once the bird's done cooking. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Prepare a Turkey for Roasting," 3 Oct. 2020 Insurgents were told to untie a knot each day until the last knot was unfastened, when the Pueblos would rise up in unison. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Why New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt Is Echoing in 2020 Protests," 27 Sep. 2020 The woman managed to untie herself and run to the neighbor’s house. cleveland, "Housekeeper says three men, one with a gun, forced way into home and stole money: Lyndhurst police blotter," 2 Sep. 2020 Lucy bites her cheek till blood comes and unties Teacher Leigh’s gray mare, Nellie. New York Times, "‘How Much of These Hills Is Gold,’ by C Pam Zhang: An Excerpt," 7 Apr. 2020 To remove it, use the elastics or untie the straps. Don’t remove the mask with the part that covers your face. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "How do I make a mask, and how do I take care of it? Curious Texas investigates," 3 Apr. 2020 Terrified, the woman with the infant ran off, untying the baby, who dropped to the ground. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "They Ordered Her to Be a Suicide Bomber. She Had Another Idea.," 13 Mar. 2020 They were untied, but still taken away--marched through the streets to the Masonic temple where they were held. Fox News, "The Battle of Manila 75 years later: Benjamin Hall’s father’s story," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of untie

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of untie was before the 12th century

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“Untie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untie. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untie

: to undo the knots in or of (something)
: to remove the rope, string, etc., that attaches (something or someone) to something


un·​tie | \ ˌən-ˈtī How to pronounce untie (audio) \
untied; untying or untieing

Kids Definition of untie

1 : to undo the knots in I can't untie my shoelaces.
2 : to free from something that fastens or holds back He untied the horse.

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