unwind

verb
un·​wind | \ ˌən-ˈwīnd How to pronounce unwind (audio) \
unwound\ ˌən-​ˈwau̇nd How to pronounce unwound (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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Synonyms & Antonyms for unwind

Synonyms

chill, chill out [slang], de-stress, decompress, loosen up, mellow (out), relax, wind down

Antonyms

tense (up)

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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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Hot tubs are almost synonymous with parties and time travel, but more people are investing in them as a way to relax and unwind, manage muscle soreness, and enjoy some social time with friends and family. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Buy a Hot Tub That Your Whole Family Will Enjoy," 30 Jan. 2019 Where To Stay Complete with spa, steam room and sauna, this hotel in the heart of the village offers many ways to unwind after a big day of shredding on the slopes. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "The Right Way To Ski Mount Buller, Australia’s Winter Playground," 10 Dec. 2018 The fan base spans the spectrum of Japanese society: die-hard fanatics crowded into the outfield, salarymen and salarywomen unwinding after work, families with young children and teenagers on dates. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game," 24 Aug. 2018 Once inside, the women rip off their face-coverings, unwind their headscarves and after ordering one of the wide range of coffees on offer at the Kanakah cafe, sit down to chat with friends or work on their laptops. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 2018 The part of the House bill that gave the states the option to unwind the law’s insurance reforms was literally named the MacArthur amendment. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2 House Republicans who put it all on the line for Obamacare repeal could lose Tuesday," 5 Nov. 2018 To help employees unwind at the office, the company hosts fun activities, from laser tag and mall shopping sprees to bowling, kickball and cooking classes. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Small Companies," 7 June 2018 Just like me, Miranda loved to unwind with soaps, which, in a small way, made her New York City lifestyle a bit more accessible. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Sex and the City Edition," 6 June 2018 Send the family off to do something fun together, unwind with a glass of wine, and put your phone on silent. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unwind

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

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unwind

verb

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.

unwind

verb
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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