to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition: to unwind a rolled bandage; to unwind a coiled rope.
to reduce the tension of; relax: to unwind a person with a drink.
to disentangle or disengage; untwist: to unwind one's legs from around the stool.
to become unwound.
to become relieved of tension; relax: After work we can have a drink and unwind.
- un·wind·a·ble, adjective
- un·wind·er, noun
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How to use unwind in a sentence
That trade unwinded fast, and in spectacularly damaging fashion.Here’s what’s driving global stocks to new all-time highs | Bernhard Warner | February 5, 2021 | Fortune
Whether they use Pinterest for work tasks, to unwind, or for shopping.Pinterest SEO guide: Eight tips for search-friendly pins | Aleh Barysevich | January 26, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
“The Otesaga is casually cozy and full of opportunities to explore the beauty of nature or relax and unwind by a warm fire,” says the hotel’s general manager, Marty Rosenthal.Why some seasonal hotels across the U.S. are staying open year-round | Molly O'Brien | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
The former President will likely pay the price for neglecting Georgia when the Democratic Congress begins to unwind his legacy.Betting odds heavily favored Georgia’s GOP candidates, then suddenly collapsed. What went wrong? | Shawn Tully | January 7, 2021 | Fortune
This was a hell of a year, leaving many of us scrambling to unwind in one of the country’s treasured natural places.Every Day that the National Parks Are Free in 2021 | Emily Pennington | December 30, 2020 | Outside Online
To unwind, Sharp takes long showers, and stops himself from separating his food on his plate as Christopher would.
The Hakushu 12 was a little peaty and nutty, the kind of dram I want to unwind with after a fine restaurant meal.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise | Kayleigh Kulp | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When I want to unwind, I just go to bed with a detective story.
Having known a few presidents myself, I can assure you that there is little time to truly unwind, even on “vacation.”
It took me about two years to unwind the tension, so in that time, I almost had to relearn how to sing.La Roux Discusses New Album ‘Trouble in Paradise,’ the 5-Year Gap, and Embracing Her Androgyny | Marlow Stern | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now allow the thread to unwind, and as the watch revolves, pass it back and forth near a powerful electromagnet.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
Gradually the turban began to unwind itself, the end trailing on the ground.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
Shell, sir, said Kentucky in answer to the quick question as the doctor began rapidly to unwind the bandages on his shoulder.Grapes of wrath | Boyd Cable
And whatever "the tow on my distaff" may be, my strength to unwind it has not been abundant lately.George Eliot's Life, Vol. III (of 3) | George Eliot
Endeavor to get hold of the loose end of association, and then unwind your memory ball of yarn.Your Mind and How to Use It | William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for unwind
to slacken, undo, or unravel or cause to slacken, undo, or unravel
(tr) to disentangle
to make or become relaxed: he finds it hard to unwind after a busy day at work
- unwindable, adjective
- unwinder, noun
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