unknit

[uhn-nit]
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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.

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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unknit

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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