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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unlace
Historical Examples
  • Philothea was stooping to unlace her sandal, and she immediately picked it up.

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

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • "Check your fooling and help to unlace me, all of you," quoth the Sparhawk.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Hurley tossed the peavy into its corner and proceeded to unlace his boots.

  • If I just unlace this one, you can wiggle your foot out as easy as pie.

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

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Let me unlace your boots, granny, and get your slippers for you.

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
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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