un·​yoke | \ ˌən-ˈyōk How to pronounce unyoke (audio) \
unyoked; unyoking; unyokes

Definition of unyoke

transitive verb

1 : to free from a yoke or harness
2 : to take apart : disjoin

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to unharness a draft animal
2 archaic : to cease from work

Examples of unyoke in a Sentence

unyoke these two boats and tie them to the dock separately
Recent Examples on the Web Small, snug, and unyoked from laptop or phone, AirPods are easy to wear for hours at a time, without a second thought. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 5 June 2019 Men unyoked from their families, reeling from broken bonds, are the norm: some contrite and faithfully sending child support checks, others blowing all their money on meth, pickups and good times. Longreads, 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unyoke

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unyoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unyoke. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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