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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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British Dictionary definitions for unwinder

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 unwinder

unwind

v.

early 14c., "to undo" (a bandage, wrapping, etc.), from un- (2) + wind (v.). Cf. Old English unwindan, Dutch ontwinden, Old High German intwindan. Refl. sense is recorded from 1740; figurative sense of "to release oneself from tensions, to relax" is recorded from 1938. Related: Unwound; unwinding.

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