verb (used with object), un·loosed, un·loos·ing.

to loosen or relax (the grasp, hold, fingers, etc.).
to let loose or set free; free from restraint.
to undo or untie (a fastening, knot, etc.); unfasten.

Origin of unloose

1325–75; Middle English unloosen; see un-2, loose
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Historical Examples of unloose

  • In no school should the Bible be opened to reveal the sword of the polemic, but to unloose the dove of peace.

  • The young man prays to unloose it, to let it fall about her shoulders.

  • He watched the sun expire in throes of crimson and gamboge, and night unloose her leash of stars.

    A Transient Guest

    Edgar Saltus

  • I went to him, and proceeded to unloose the bandages, which gave him considerable relief.

  • In the latter capacity he is not overburdened with work, and having once tied, he has no authority to unloose.

    The Land of Nome

    Lanier McKee

British Dictionary definitions for unloose



verb (tr)

to set free; release
to loosen or relax (a hold, grip, etc)
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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