unlace

[ uhn-leys ]
/ ʌnˈleɪs /

verb (used with object), un·laced, un·lac·ing.

to loosen or undo the lacing or laces of (a pair of shoes, a corset, etc.).
to loosen or remove the garments of (a person) by or as if by undoing laces.

Origin of unlace

First recorded in 1300–50, unlace is from the Middle English word unlacen. See un-2, lace
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unlace

/ (ʌnˈleɪs) /

verb (tr)

to loosen or undo the lacing of (shoes, garments, etc)
to unfasten or remove garments of (oneself or another) by or as if by undoing lacing
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Word Origin and History for unlace

unlace


v.

c.1300, from un- (2) + lace (v.). Related: Unlaced; unlacing.

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