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unleash

[uhn-leesh]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to release from or as if from a leash; set loose to pursue or run at will.
  2. to abandon control of: to unleash his fury.
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Origin of unleash

First recorded in 1665–75; un-2 + leash
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  • He suddenly realized how puny man was against the forces man could unleash.

    The Monster

    S. M. Tenneshaw

  • A rage that he could not control, an anger that he wanted to unleash to its fullest.

    The Monster

    S. M. Tenneshaw

  • There was a power in her voice that she had not intended to unleash.

  • I unleash the Press-agent, and off he shoots, in time to get the story into the evening paper.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • The great hit also seemed to unleash the fiery spirit which had waited its chance.


British Dictionary definitions for unleash

unleash

verb (tr)
  1. to release from or as if from a leash
  2. to free from restraint or control
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Word Origin and History for unleash

v.

1670s, from un- (2) + leash (v.). Related: Unleashed; unleashing.

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