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[uhn-tahy] /ʌnˈtaɪ/
verb (used with object), untied, untying.
to loose or unfasten (anything tied); let or set loose by undoing a knot.
to undo the string or cords of.
to undo, as a cord or a knot; unknot.
to free from restraint.
to resolve, as perplexities.
verb (used without object), untied, untying.
to become untied.
Origin of untie
before 1000; Middle English untyen, Old English untīegan. See un-2, tie
Can be confused
unite, untie. Unabridged
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  • The Rich Man began right away to untie the black velvet ribbon on his leg, and go home!

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Tell your men to untie us, and throw the ropes back into the tent.

  • John went to the rack to untie his horses and Mitch and me was standin' off waitin' to get in the wagon.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • "David's harnessin' now," said Mary, beginning to untie her apron.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Of course I meant to untie the string before we went out, but Madam Graaberg turned suddenly to us.

    What Happened to Inger Johanne Dikken Zwilgmeyer
  • John hastened to untie the children, who trembled from head to foot.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • Mother, if you would only untie your purse-strings for once, and lend him a thousand roubles!

    The Sea-Gull Anton Checkov
  • Lance stooped indifferently to untie his slicker and blanket from the saddle.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Clement being unable to untie the knot, requested Henry to cut it.

British Dictionary definitions for untie


verb -ties, -tying, -tied
to unfasten or free (a knot or something that is tied) or (of a knot or something that is tied) to become unfastened
(transitive) to free from constraint or restriction
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Word Origin and History for untie

Old English untiegan, from un- (2) + tie (v.). Related: Untied; untying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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