verb (used with object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.
verb (used without object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.
Examples from the Web for unwind
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|DAILY BEAST
When I want to unwind, I just go to bed with a detective story.
It took me about two years to unwind the tension, so in that time, I almost had to relearn how to sing.
Things got a little real during that scene to the point where, afterward, we were like, “Do you want to get a beer and unwind?”Dave Franco Uncut: The Actor on ’22 Jump Street,’ ‘The Room,’ and His Bro’s Nude Instagrams|Marlow Stern|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because it first seemed to wind itself up and then to unwind, Al had always insisted on calling this thrush the "winder bird."Double Challenge|James Arthur Kjelgaard
The men removed ropes from under their coat and began to unwind them.Boy Scouts on the Great Divide|Archibald Lee Fletcher
Straightway, Jean flung herself down beside her, beginning to unwind her long braids of hair.The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold|Margaret Vandercook
Then they stand still for a time, after which they reverse, unwind themselves, and then disperse.Peeps at many lands: Sweden|William Liddle
It calls for all his skill as a rastrero, with some considerable time, to unwind the tangled skein.Gaspar the Gaucho|Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for unwind
verb -winds, -winding or -wound
Word Origin and History for unwind
early 14c., "to undo" (a bandage, wrapping, etc.), from un- (2) + wind (v.). Cf. Old English unwindan, Dutch ontwinden, Old High German intwindan. Refl. sense is recorded from 1740; figurative sense of "to release oneself from tensions, to relax" is recorded from 1938. Related: Unwound; unwinding.