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

transitive verb

: to cause to uncoil : wind off : unroll
: to free from or as if from a binding or wrapping
: to release from tension : relax
archaic : to trace to the end
unwinding the labryinth and bringing the hero outLaurence Sterne
: 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

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

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 law required him to hold her property in trust for her and her grandchildren, one of whom lived long enough that Robert E. Lee was still unwinding the estate in 1862. The Editors, National Review, 19 Feb. 2024 During a stay, guests will be able to make the most of the holistic spa, which aims to mirror the unhurried pace of life on this rugged island, unwind at the onsite beach club, and dine on culinary creations utilising the local products. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 California Stopping the churn: California and other states want to guarantee Medicaid for kids Nov. 10, 2022 During the unwinding 3.8 million children have lost Medicaid coverage, according to the center’s latest data. Phil Galewitz, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Escape the hustle of the Strip and unwind at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 The Crocker has designed a program that allows parents to unwind, connect with other parents and be creative. Sarah Murphy, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 Passengers can also perfect their swing at the putting course, enjoy poolside movie screenings, unwind at one of several swanky bars and lounges, including the Speakeasy Cigar Lounge, hit the spa, or dance the night away at the onboard club. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 31 Jan. 2024 Gone are the days when a cold beer or a glass of wine were the only socially acceptable ways to unwind. Joshua Adragna, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2024 This effect can outweigh the drag from unwinding excess savings. Mike Sommers, Fortune Europe, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of unwind was in the 14th century

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“Unwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwind. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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un·​wind ˌən-ˈwīnd How to pronounce unwind (audio)
unwound -ˈwau̇nd How to pronounce unwind (audio) ; unwinding
: to cause to uncoil : wind off
: to become uncoiled or untangled
: to make or become free of tension : relax
wanted to unwind after a hard day

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