[ uhn-skroo ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw or loosen a screw from (a hinge, bracket, etc.).

  2. to unfasten or withdraw by turning, as a screw or lid.

  1. to open (a jar, bottle, etc.) by turning the lid or cover.

verb (used without object)
  1. to permit of being unscrewed.

Origin of unscrew

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + screw

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How to use unscrew in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unscrew


/ (ʌnˈskruː) /

  1. (tr) to draw or remove a screw from (an object)

  2. (tr) to loosen (a screw, lid, etc) by rotating continuously, usually in an anticlockwise direction

  1. (intr) (esp of an engaged threaded part) to become loosened or separated: the lid wouldn't unscrew

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