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[uhn-loos] /ʌnˈlus/
verb (used with object), unloosed, unloosing.
to loosen or relax (the grasp, hold, fingers, etc.).
to let loose or set free; free from restraint.
to undo or untie (a fastening, knot, etc.); unfasten.
Origin of unloose
1325-75; Middle English unloosen; see un-2, loose Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for unloose
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  • After the captain left him, he struggled hard to unloose the cords which bound him.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I have a large, hundred-ounce poke of dust, and I unloose the thong.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Shirley would untie the knots or cut the rope or get someone to unloose her.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • Some of them had it tied up behind like women, and now proceeded to unloose it.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • I made a feeble attempt to unloose her hands and draw myself up.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • So I contrived to unloose my braces and with them tied up the snake's mouth.

  • "Now, haul the Edith alongside," said the skipper, as he proceeded to unloose the sails.

    Watch and Wait Oliver Optic
  • Let the men go to their quarters, unloose the guns and load with grape.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • Then he bound her with the catgut, so that she was not able by any means to unloose herself.

  • A lover lies at thy feet, to unloose the bonds of wickedness.

British Dictionary definitions for unloose


verb (transitive)
to set free; release
to loosen or relax (a hold, grip, etc)
to unfasten or untie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unloose

late 14c., "to set free," from un- (2), used here emphatically, + loose. Related: Unloosed; unloosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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