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[uhn-bahynd] /ʌnˈbaɪnd/
verb (used with object), unbound, unbinding.
to release from bonds or restraint, as a prisoner; free.
to unfasten or loose, as a bond or tie.
Origin of unbind
before 950; Middle English unbinden, Old English unbindan; cognate with German entbinden. See un-2, bind Unabridged
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  • And I desired them to unbind her and let her alone; for they could not touch the spirit in her by which she was tormented.

  • "Order them to unbind me," entreated Foma, softly, in a mournful voice.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • She never relaxed her efforts to break the lovers' hold upon each other's arms, to unbind them, to uncouple them.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • He managed to unbind himself, and slipped from our hands by the way.

    Alamo Ranch Sarah Warner Brooks
  • His wife replied, as so often before: "If you will cut off your queue, I will unbind our daughter's feet—yes, and my own too."

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • To-morrow she may unbind her feet and prepare to join in the race for supremacy.

  • "unbind her hands," said the magistrate, who had not spoken till then.

    Silent Struggles Ann S. Stephens
  • I desired them to unbind her and let her alone, for they could not touch the spirit in her by which she was tormented.

    George Fox George Fox
  • "unbind him," said Pharaoh, looking round on his men of war with something of scorn.

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • "unbind me gently; don't make me suffer, friends," said poor Christophe.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for unbind


verb (transitive) -binds, -binding, -bound
to set free from restraining bonds or chains; release
to unfasten or make loose (a bond, tie, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbind

Old English unbindan, "to free from binding," from un- (2) + bind (v.). Cf. German entbinden, Dutch ontbinden. Literal and figurative senses both present in Old English.

Suæ huæt ðu unbindes ofer eorðu bið unbunden in heofnum. [Lindisfarne Gospels, Matt. xvi:19]
Unbound is from Old English unbunden, in literal sense. Figurative sense first attested late 14c.; of books from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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