[ uhn-nit ]

verb (used with object)

, un·knit·ted or un·knit, un·knit·ting.
  1. to untie or unfasten (a knot, tangle, etc.); unravel (something knitted); undo.
  2. to weaken, undo, or destroy.
  3. to smooth out (something wrinkled).

verb (used without object)

, un·knit·ted or un·knit, un·knit·ting.
  1. to become undone.


/ ʌnˈnɪt /


  1. to make or become undone, untied, or unravelled
  2. tr to loosen, weaken, or destroy

    to unknit an alliance

  3. rare.
    tr to smooth out (a wrinkled brow)

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Other Words From

  • un·knitta·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unknit1

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

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Example Sentences

She unknit her brows, rose from her seat, and came and sat down on the bed beside me.

The most dolorous of all moral tragedies knit and unknit the most often in silence.

If they be true love knots 'tis unpossible to unknit them; if false, I never tied them.

And now he unknit his black brows; looked down, smiling at me, and stroked my hair, as if well pleased at seeing a danger averted.

A loose, disordered, and unknit state needs no shaking, but propping.


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