- to loose or unfasten (anything tied); let or set loose by undoing a knot.
- to undo the string or cords of.
- to undo, as a cord or a knot; unknot.
- to free from restraint.
- to resolve, as perplexities.
- to become untied.
Origin of untie
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Examples from the Web for untie
“I bent over to untie my shoelaces, and I felt an agent pouring cold water on me,” said Adonys, who has filed an asylum request.Immigrants Held in Border Deep Freezers
Rachael Bale, The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 19, 2013
Tell your men to untie us, and throw the ropes back into the tent.In the Midst of Alarms
"David's harnessin' now," said Mary, beginning to untie her apron.Meadow Grass
You have just seen me untie the knot, dissociate the electrons, or what you will.
Will you promise not to do yourself a mischief, if I untie you?Stories of a Western Town
John hastened to untie the children, who trembled from head to foot.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
- to unfasten or free (a knot or something that is tied) or (of a knot or something that is tied) to become unfastened
- (tr) to free from constraint or restriction
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Word Origin and History for untie
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