[ uhn-sheeth ]

verb (used with object),un·sheathed, un·sheath·ing.
  1. to draw from a sheath, as a sword, knife, or the like.

  2. to bring or put forth from a covering, threateningly or otherwise.

Origin of unsheathe

1325–75; Middle English unshethen to dislodge; see un-2, sheathe

Words Nearby unsheathe

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How to use unsheathe in a sentence

  • Had she crushed my gem To bleeding dust, I'd pay it o'er to see Such flame unsheathe.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays | Olive Tilford Dargan
  • It was generally believed later on that she would unsheathe the sword at the same time as Italy.

    England and Germany | Emile Joseph Dillon

British Dictionary definitions for unsheathe


/ (ʌnˈʃiːð) /

  1. (tr) to draw or pull out (something, esp a weapon) from a sheath or other covering

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