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[uhn-leys] /ʌnˈleɪs/
verb (used with object), unlaced, unlacing.
to loosen or undo the lacing or laces of (a pair of shoes, a corset, etc.).
to loosen or remove the garments of (a person) by or as if by undoing laces.
Origin of unlace
First recorded in 1300-50, unlace is from the Middle English word unlacen. See un-2, lace Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Elonore had come, as usual, to help Mathurin up the steps, and unlace his boots.

    Autumn Glory Ren Bazin
  • He tried to unlace the thongs that bound his feet, but could not manage it.

  • Sit 'ee down and unlace your boots, while me and Tenny pulls.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Before he realized what she was doing, she had started to unlace his boots.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • Whereupon I ran to Signora Violante and began to unlace her, and turned to bring her a little vinegar and fire.

  • Hurley tossed the peavy into its corner and proceeded to unlace his boots.

  • Let me unlace your boots—why, your feet are cold, and on a night like this!

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • If I just unlace this one, you can wiggle your foot out as easy as pie.

  • Still prone, he began to wriggle out of his clothes, and pulling up his legs, to unlace his boots and kick them off.

  • He reached his bedstead, and sat down and tried to unlace his boots, but could not.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for unlace


verb (transitive)
to loosen or undo the lacing of (shoes, garments, etc)
to unfasten or remove garments of (oneself or another) by or as if by undoing lacing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unlace

c.1300, from un- (2) + lace (v.). Related: Unlaced; unlacing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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