unchain

[ uhn-cheyn ]
/ ʌnˈtʃeɪn /

verb (used with object)

to free from or as if from chains; set free.

Nearby words

  1. unceremoniously,
  2. uncertain,
  3. uncertainty,
  4. uncertainty principle,
  5. uncertificated share,
  6. unchallenged,
  7. unchancy,
  8. unchangeable,
  9. unchanged,
  10. unchanging

Origin of unchain

First recorded in 1575–85; un-2 + chain

Related formsun·chain·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unchain

unchain

/ (ʌnˈtʃeɪn) /

verb (tr)

to remove a chain or chains from
to set at liberty; make free
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Word Origin and History for unchain

unchain

v.

1580s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + chain (v.). Figurative sense of "to liberate" is recorded from 1793. Related: Unchained; unchaining.

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