verb (used with object)
to release from or as if from a leash; set loose to pursue or run at will.
to abandon control of: to unleash his fury.

1665–75; un-2 + leash

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unleash (ʌnˈliːʃ)
1.  to release from or as if from a leash
2.  to free from restraint or control

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Word Origin & History

1671, from un- (2) + verbal derivative of leash (n.).
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Example sentences
They unleash power in themselves, which they cannot discipline.
Brainstorming didn't unleash the potential of the group, but rather made each
  individual less creative.
Gil believes that digital resources have the potential to unleash an abundance
  of creative expression.
And it would unleash pent up investment to grow the economy.
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