Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[uhn-leesh] /ʌnˈliʃ/
verb (used with object)
to release from or as if from a leash; set loose to pursue or run at will.
to abandon control of:
to unleash his fury.
Origin of unleash
First recorded in 1665-75; un-2 + leash Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for unleash
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He suddenly realized how puny man was against the forces man could unleash.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • A rage that he could not control, an anger that he wanted to unleash to its fullest.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • There was a power in her voice that she had not intended to unleash.

  • I unleash the Press-agent, and off he shoots, in time to get the story into the evening paper.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • The great hit also seemed to unleash the fiery spirit which had waited its chance.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for unleash


verb (transitive)
to release from or as if from a leash
to free from restraint or control
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unleash

1670s, from un- (2) + leash (v.). Related: Unleashed; unleashing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for unleash

Word Value for unleash

Scrabble Words With Friends