untie

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verb un·tie \ˌən-ˈtī\

Definition of untie

untied

;

untying

or

untieing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free from something that ties, fastens, or restrains :  unbind untied our hands

  3. 2a :  to disengage the knotted parts of untie a shoeb :  disentangle, resolve untie a traffic jam

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become loosened or unbound

Examples of untie in a Sentence

  1. He untied the package and opened it.

  2. She untied the horse from the post.

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First Known Use of untie

before 12th century


UNTIE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of untie for English Language Learners

  • : to undo the knots in or of (something)

  • : to remove the rope, string, etc., that attaches (something or someone) to something


UNTIE Defined for Kids

untie

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verb un·tie \ˌən-ˈtī\

Definition of untie for Students

untied

;

untying

or

untieing

  1. 1 :  to undo the knots in I can't untie my shoelaces.

  2. 2 :  to free from something that fastens or holds back He untied the horse.



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