verb (used with object), un·knit·ted or un·knit, un·knit·ting.

to untie or unfasten (a knot, tangle, etc.); unravel (something knitted); undo.
to weaken, undo, or destroy.
to smooth out (something wrinkled).

verb (used without object), un·knit·ted or un·knit, un·knit·ting.

to become undone.

Nearby words

  1. unkept,
  2. unkind,
  3. unkindest cut,
  4. unkindly,
  5. unknightly,
  6. unknot,
  7. unknowable,
  8. unknowing,
  9. unknowingly,
  10. unknown

Origin of unknit

before 1000; Middle English unknytten, Old English uncnyttan. See un-2, knit

Related formsun·knit·ta·ble, adjective

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verb -knits, -knitting, -knitted or -knit

to make or become undone, untied, or unravelled
(tr) to loosen, weaken, or destroyto unknit an alliance
(tr) rare to smooth out (a wrinkled brow)
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