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[ uhn-leesh ]

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.


/ ʌnˈliːʃ /


  1. to release from or as if from a leash
  2. to free from restraint or control

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unleash1

First recorded in 1665–75; un- 2 + leash

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Example Sentences

He isn’t surprised that, once unleashed, Vandersloot’s play was historic.

In the early-morning hours of Sunday, August 16, a thunderstorm unleashed more than 12,000 dry lightning strikes across central and Northern California.

Wall Street clawed back the last of the historic, frenzied losses unleashed by the new coronavirus, as the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high Tuesday.

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It was about unleashing human beings’ potential from the roles that society had fashioned, seeing each person as a parcel of possibilities that might get expressed in many creative ways.

This “double-arc instability” leads to more magnetic reconnection, and the m-shaped loop expands, unleashing energy.

But it is too early to tell if the changes he helped unleash will prove sustainable, or if they will broadly serve our citizenry.

He said he watched waste haulers back up to the pit and unleash torrents of watery muck.

Keep in mind that this is just the first round of legislation the newly empowered Republicans are planning to unleash.

And yet, Biden and Obama now seek to again unleash Klain on America.

Many are certain that China will unleash something sinister in the territory this week if the protests continue.

Unleash your dogs of war and make these hounds of convict stripe pay penalty for the great injury done.

It is easy to unleash such a tempest of fire, but once started it is beyond all human control.

After mature consideration we had decided to unleash the Birdsburg contingent on the old boy ten at a time.

Once unleash the sea-dogs and it was extremely difficult to bring them again under restraint.

The General awaited the moment when the cannonade should cease, as suddenly as it had begun, and he should unleash his troops.