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unwind

[uhn-wahynd] /ʌnˈwaɪnd/
verb (used with object), unwound, unwinding.
1.
to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition:
to unwind a rolled bandage; to unwind a coiled rope.
2.
to reduce the tension of; relax:
to unwind a person with a drink.
3.
to disentangle or disengage; untwist:
to unwind one's legs from around the stool.
verb (used without object), unwound, unwinding.
4.
to become unwound.
5.
to become relieved of tension; relax:
After work we can have a drink and unwind.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English onwinden; see un-2, wind2
Related forms
unwindable, adjective
unwinder, noun
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Examples for unwind
  • Calming, orderly, serviceable entries allow you to unwind and relax.
  • Then, after you land, check in and go somewhere to relax and unwind and revel in your new surroundings for a bit.
  • Adults-only zones and flexible dining options offer parents a chance to unwind and relax.
  • On your way there you will have four days to relax and unwind from all the stress of life.
  • S he teaches yoga because it allows us to unwind, relax and be with ourselves.
  • When resilin is swollen with water, its coils can rotate freely, which allows the proteins to unwind as they elongate.
  • It was an entertaining way to unwind after a day of research.
  • The gatherings allow professors to get to know each other in an informal setting as they unwind from their busy week.
  • Happy hours and dinners at the local pub can be a great way to unwind and meet with other grad students.
  • It took a while to unwind, to savor the surprise of the music.
British Dictionary definitions for unwind

unwind

/ʌnˈwaɪnd/
verb -winds, -winding, -wound
1.
to slacken, undo, or unravel or cause to slacken, undo, or unravel
2.
(transitive) to disentangle
3.
to make or become relaxed he finds it hard to unwind after a busy day at work
Derived Forms
unwindable, adjective
unwinder, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwind
unwind
early 14c., "to undo" (a bandage, wrapping, etc.), from un- (2) + wind (v.). Cf. O.E. unwindan, Du. ontwinden, O.H.G. intwindan. Refl. sense is recorded from 1740; figurative sense of "to release oneself from tensions, to relax" is recorded from 1938.
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