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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Following the appointment, guests can head to the locker rooms and take advantage of the steam showers and other spa amenities to help further unwind and decompress. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Here’s the Inside Scoop on the Brand New Spa at the Beverly Hills Hotel," 23 Apr. 2021 So many times people watch TV or their computer before going to bed, but taking a short while to unwind and relax away from the blue light helps people get a better night’s rest. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Take care of homeless people and their pets," 15 Mar. 2021 The preserve provides a home for these avian residents and other wildlife but also a place for humans to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Fresh Air: Tibet-Butler Preserve offers scenic hiking near Disney," 16 Apr. 2021 In their spare time on these stations, White Australian farmers would play cricket to unwind. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Australia's first international cricket team found fame in the UK. At home, they were betrayed," 4 Apr. 2021 Those would be paid for by permanently raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, the people said, which would unwind the lower corporate rate put in place by the Trump administration. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "From broadband to bridges—Biden to unveil $2 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday," 31 Mar. 2021 Those would be paid for by permanently raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, the people said, which would unwind the lower corporate rate put in place by the Trump administration. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Beyond bridges: Biden redefines infrastructure to add people," 30 Mar. 2021 For years,Andrew Alcott and a group of his close friends regularly got together after work to unwind with a beer and sometimes kick around a soccer ball. Washington Post, "They laughed, they cried, they killed monsters: How friendships thrived in video games during the pandemic," 20 Mar. 2021 But immigration experts predict the lull won't last as President Joe Biden comes under immense pressure from the left to quickly unwind many of Trump's policies and Republicans line up to try to block the administration's earliest orders. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Immigration was a scorching topic at the Supreme Court last year. With Trump gone, that's changed.," 12 Mar. 2021

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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 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwind

: to move the end of something (such as a piece of string) that is wound in a roll, coil, etc., so that it becomes straight
: to relax and stop thinking about work, problems, etc.


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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