un·​twist ˌən-ˈtwist How to pronounce untwist (audio)
untwisted; untwisting; untwists

transitive verb

: to separate the twisted parts of : untwine

Examples of untwist in a Sentence

untwisted the ball of thread
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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of untwist was in 1538

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“Untwist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untwist. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​twist ˌən-ˈtwist How to pronounce untwist (audio)
: to separate the twisted parts of : untwine
: to become untwined

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