un·​wind | \ ˌən-ˈwīnd How to pronounce unwind (audio) \
unwound\ ˌən-​ˈwau̇nd How to pronounce unwind (audio) \; unwinding

Definition of unwind

transitive verb

1a : to cause to uncoil : wind off : unroll
b : to free from or as if from a binding or wrapping
c : to release from tension : relax
2 archaic : to trace to the end unwinding the labryinth and bringing the hero out— Laurence Sterne
3 : to undo (a financial arrangement or position) through the necessary legal or financial steps unwound most of its natural gas hedgesThe New York Times

intransitive verb

1 : to become uncoiled or disentangled : unfold
2 : to become released from tension take a bath to unwind

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Examples of unwind in a Sentence

She unwound some thread from the spool. The fishing line unwound quickly. I wanted to unwind after a hard day.
Recent Examples on the Web The clubs offer more spacious and comfortable seating compared to busy concourses, and some business travelers use them as a quiet place to work or unwind in between meetings and travel. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 12 May 2022 Diamond prices have been buoyed by sanctions on major producer Russia as well as the return of VIP events as pandemic restrictions unwind. Reuters, CNN, 9 May 2022 Unwind and unwind while getting a superior value with our full-spectrum CBD oil, which is made using the best quality CBD and kosher-grade vegetable glycerin. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 But a federal judge in Louisiana ruled last week that the government could not unwind the rule before the end date. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 3 May 2022 Next, 19 miles of the Great Western Trail stand between you and Red Canyon, where riders can unwind in the next hut or enjoy the area’s top-notch hiking. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 Today, locals come down to their off-grid farm dwellings to tend to their gardens, make wine in the vineyards, go fishing, or simply escape and unwind in this little unspoiled paradise. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 The Desert House will also feature wellness experiences, as well as spaces to eat, drink and unwind with unlimited food (made with cookware sponsor HexClad) and beverages (including everyone's favorite House cocktails, like the Picante). Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Amita first announced in October that the organizations behind Amita — AdventHealth and Ascension — would unwind their partnership, dividing Amita’s 19 hospitals into two separate systems. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unwind

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Unwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwind. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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un·​wind | \ ˌən-ˈwīnd How to pronounce unwind (audio) \
unwound\ -​ˈwau̇nd \; unwinding

Kids Definition of unwind

1 : to uncoil a strand of I unwound yarn from a ball. The fishing line unwound from the reel.

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