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verb (used with object), un·loosed, un·loos·ing.
  1. to loosen or relax (the grasp, hold, fingers, etc.).
  2. to let loose or set free; free from restraint.
  3. to undo or untie (a fastening, knot, etc.); unfasten.
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Origin of unloose

1325–75; Middle English unloosen; see un-2, loose
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Related Words for unloose

unblock, unloosen, unbind, slip, unwrap, loose, loosen, free, disengage, unbutton, unlock, unclasp, untie, disentangle, release, unravel, unfasten, unclose, unfix, unstop

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Historical Examples of unloose

  • After the captain left him, he struggled hard to unloose the cords which bound him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I have a large, hundred-ounce poke of dust, and I unloose the thong.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Shirley would untie the knots or cut the rope or get someone to unloose her.


    Josephine Lawrence

  • Some of them had it tied up behind like women, and now proceeded to unloose it.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • I made a feeble attempt to unloose her hands and draw myself up.

    A Pessimist

    Robert Timsol

British Dictionary definitions for unloose



verb (tr)
  1. to set free; release
  2. to loosen or relax (a hold, grip, etc)
  3. to unfasten or untie
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Word Origin and History for unloose


late 14c., "to set free," from un- (2), used here emphatically, + loose. Related: Unloosed; unloosing.

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