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unreeve

[ uhn-reev ]
/ ʌnˈriv /
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verb (used with object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.
Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
verb (used without object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.
to unreeve a rope.
(of a rope) to become unreeved.
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Origin of unreeve

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + reeve2
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British Dictionary definitions for unreeve

unreeve
/ (ʌnˈriːv) /

verb -reeves, -reeving, -rove or -reeved
nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc

Word Origin for unreeve

C17: from un- ² + reeve ²
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