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[uhn-moo r] /ʌnˈmʊər/
verb (used with object)
to loose (a vessel) from moorings or anchorage.
to bring to the state of riding with a single anchor after being moored by two or more.
verb (used without object)
(of a vessel) to become unmoored.
Origin of unmoor
1490-1500; Middle English unmooren. See un-2, moor2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Few of us have the experience of being unmoored in the world.
  • Being interested in something has become unmoored from my ability to attend to it.
  • It's the endless iterations that have disappointed everyone and made him seem unmoored and untrustworthy.
  • They were dismissed as soft-headed crazies unmoored from reality and serious foreign policy thinking.
  • Place and time, the anchors of sanity, were about to come unmoored.
  • At one stroke, amid much audience perturbation, he unmoored the taboos and let them float flamboyantly close to the mainstream.
  • The concept of an objectively reasonable mistake of law cannot be so unmoored from actual legal authority.
  • It devised a forfeiture sanction unmoored to any federal statute or criminal rule.
  • It is the unmapped and unmoored that allows for new moorings and mappings.
  • Although unmoored and struggling to find a safe harbor, there are some notable pockets of prosperity.
British Dictionary definitions for unmoored


/ʌnˈmʊə; -ˈmɔː/
verb (nautical)
to weigh the anchor or drop the mooring of (a vessel)
(transitive) to reduce the mooring of (a vessel) to one anchor
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Word Origin and History for unmoored



late 15c., "to free from moorings," from un- (2) + moor (v.). Related: Unmoored.

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