untie

verb
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 When the barge arrived, a boy on board reached over and attempted to untie Coetzee’s bonds before being slapped away by a warrior. Grayson Schaffer, Outside Online, 7 Feb. 2011 Meanwhile, groundbreaking legislation has advanced in Congress that would curb the market power of Facebook and other tech giants Google, Amazon and Apple — and could force them to untie their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Marcy Gordon, ajc, 30 Sep. 2021 The brides were instructed to play a game on their wedding night to see who could untie one another’s knots the fastest. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Groundbreaking legislation is advancing in Congress that would curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and could force them to untie their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Groundbreaking legislation is advancing in Congress that would curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and could force them to untie their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Marcy Gordon, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 The friend whose bathing suit bottom Foppoli had allegedly tried to remove confided in Amy that Foppoli had also attempted to untie her bikini top without her consent, Amy said. Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2021 Groundbreaking legislation is advancing in Congress that would curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and could force them to untie their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Marcy Gordon, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Bowlines untie easily even after being under great tension. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Untie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untie. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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untie

verb

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

untie

verb
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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