- to release from bonds or restraint, as a prisoner; free.
- to unfasten or loose, as a bond or tie.
Origin of unbind
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Examples from the Web for unbind
Fold a clean napkin the length of your dish the fish is to go up in; take up the fish, unbind it, and lay it on the napkin.
"Order them to unbind me," entreated Foma, softly, in a mournful voice.Foma Gordyeff
But unbind my hands, Sheriff, for your soul's sake, and let me meet my end valiantly.Robin Hood
Well, then, rascal, unbind my arm that I may summon the Nibelungen.Operas Every Child Should Know
Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
He managed to unbind himself, and slipped from our hands by the way.Alamo Ranch
Sarah Warner Brooks
- to set free from restraining bonds or chains; release
- to unfasten or make loose (a bond, tie, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbind
Suæ huæt ðu unbindes ofer eorðu bið unbunden in heofnum. [Lindisfarne Gospels, Matt. xvi:19]
Unbound is from Old English unbunden, in literal sense. Figurative sense first attested late 14c.; of books from 1540s.
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