unwind

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verb un·wind \ ˌən-ˈwīnd \

Definition of unwind

unwound play \ˌən-ˈwau̇nd\; unwinding
transitive verb
1 a :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 hedges
  • The New York Times
intransitive verb
1 :to become uncoiled or disentangled :unfold
2 :to become released from tension
  • take a bath to unwind

Examples of unwind in a Sentence

  1. She unwound some thread from the spool.

  2. The fishing line unwound quickly.

  3. I wanted to unwind after a hard day.

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First Known Use of unwind

14th century

unwind Synonyms


UNWIND Defined for English Language Learners

unwind

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verb

Definition of unwind for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


UNWIND Defined for Kids

unwind

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verb un·wind \ ˌən-ˈwīnd \

Definition of unwind for Students

unwound \-ˈwau̇nd\; unwinding
1 :to uncoil a strand of
  • I unwound yarn from a ball.
  • The fishing line unwound from the reel.
2 :relax 4


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