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untie

[uhn-tahy] /ʌnˈtaɪ/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English untyen, Old English untīegan. See un-2, tie
Can be confused
unite, untie.
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Examples from the web for untie
  • 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.
  • When the dripping stops, untie and check the consistency.
  • Either you untie the hands of the police and the law-abiding community, or you suffer the consequences.
  • Leave one end with a bow knot so that you can untie it easily.
  • Move adjacent boats away from the fire area but don't untie burning boats to drift away.
  • Line handlers tie up incoming ships and untie lines to let go of outgoing ships.
  • So, if you must try tying a knot for yourself, please untie the knot when you are done.
British Dictionary definitions for untie

untie

/ʌnˈtaɪ/
verb -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.
(transitive) to free from constraint or restriction
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Word Origin and History for untie
v.

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

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