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
Hogan steadied himself over the ball, slowly began his backswing, unleashed his
  power and sent the ball flying.
But the full power of multi-touch technology might be unleashed in screens far
  larger than those on phones.
The full promise of set-top boxes won't be unleashed merely by innovative
  hardware design.
The violence and hatred unleashed were the defining debacle of the decade.
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