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[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. 2017.
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  • Headquarters thinks they're going to unleash a general attack all along the line in the next few days.

  • A rage that he could not control, an anger that he wanted to unleash to its fullest.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • Institutions make us what we are, and to free us from their shackles is to liberate virtue and unleash genius.

  • There was a power in her voice that she had not intended to unleash.

  • unleash your dogs of war and make these hounds of convict stripe pay penalty for the great injury done.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
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
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Word Origin and History for unleash

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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