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unbind

[uhn-bahynd]
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verb (used with object), un·bound, un·bind·ing.
  1. to release from bonds or restraint, as a prisoner; free.
  2. to unfasten or loose, as a bond or tie.
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Origin of unbind

before 950; Middle English unbinden, Old English unbindan; cognate with German entbinden. See un-2, bind
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Related Words

unblock, unloosen, loosen, disentangle, unloose, loose, free, disengage, unbutton, unlock, unclasp, unravel, slip, release, untie, unwrap, unfasten, unclose, unfix, unstop

Examples from the Web for unbind

Historical Examples

  • Fold a clean napkin the length of your dish the fish is to go up in; take up the fish, unbind it, and lay it on the napkin.

  • "Order them to unbind me," entreated Foma, softly, in a mournful voice.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • But unbind my hands, Sheriff, for your soul's sake, and let me meet my end valiantly.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

  • Well, then, rascal, unbind my arm that I may summon the Nibelungen.

    Operas Every Child Should Know

    Mary Schell Hoke Bacon

  • He managed to unbind himself, and slipped from our hands by the way.

    Alamo Ranch

    Sarah Warner Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for unbind

unbind

verb -binds, -binding or -bound (tr)
  1. to set free from restraining bonds or chains; release
  2. to unfasten or make loose (a bond, tie, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbind

v.

Old English unbindan, "to free from binding," from un- (2) + bind (v.). Cf. German entbinden, Dutch ontbinden. Literal and figurative senses both present in Old English.

Suæ huæt ðu unbindes ofer eorðu bið unbunden in heofnum. [Lindisfarne Gospels, Matt. xvi:19]

Unbound is from Old English unbunden, in literal sense. Figurative sense first attested late 14c.; of books from 1540s.

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