untie

[uhn-tahy]
verb (used with object), untied, untying.
1.
to loose or unfasten (anything tied); let or set loose by undoing a knot.
2.
to undo the string or cords of.
3.
to undo, as a cord or a knot; unknot.
4.
to free from restraint.
5.
to resolve, as perplexities.
verb (used without object), untied, untying.
6.
to become untied.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English untyen, Old English untīegan. See un-2, tie

unite, untie.
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untie (ʌnˈtaɪ)
 
vb , -ties, -tying, -tied
1.  to unfasten or free (a knot or something that is tied) or (of a knot or something that is tied) to become unfastened
2.  (tr) to free from constraint or restriction

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untie
O.E. untiegan, from un- (2) + tie (v.).
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Example sentences
The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie.
They're excellent bed warmers, and small fingers can untie hopeless knots.
Before you marry beware, for it is a knot difficult to untie.
To a couple interested only in the fastest way to untie the knot, the question
  may seem to be an unimportant technicality.
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