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[uhn-fas-uh n, -fah-suh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to release from or as from fastenings; detach.
  2. to undo or open (something fastened).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become unfastened.
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Origin of unfasten

First recorded in 1175–1225, unfasten is from the Middle English word unfastnen. See un-2, fasten
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Related Words for unfasten

unbuckle, loosen, unbutton, unhitch, unbind, undo, unlock, unclasp, untie, open, unhook, unloosen, free, detach, unlace, unpin, unsnap

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British Dictionary definitions for unfasten


  1. to undo, untie, or open or become undone, untied, or opened
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Word Origin and History for unfasten


early 13c., from un- (2) + fasten. Related: Unfastened; unfastening.

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