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[uhn-wound] /ʌnˈwaʊnd/
simple past tense and past participle of unwind.


[uhn-wahynd] /ʌnˈwaɪnd/
verb (used with object), unwound, unwinding.
to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition:
to unwind a rolled bandage; to unwind a coiled rope.
to reduce the tension of; relax:
to unwind a person with a drink.
to disentangle or disengage; untwist:
to unwind one's legs from around the stool.
verb (used without object), unwound, unwinding.
to become unwound.
to become relieved of tension; relax:
After work we can have a drink and unwind.
Origin of unwind
1275-1325; Middle English onwinden; see un-2, wind2
Related forms
unwindable, adjective
unwinder, noun Unabridged
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  • Another striking difference in this case is how quickly it seems to have unwound.
  • Several big economies are being supported by expansionary fiscal and monetary policies, which will eventually have to be unwound.
  • The federal courts have not unwound the many decisions which endorsed and legitimized much of that authority.
  • Alas, not much sooner than you've finally unwound, it's time to reverse the process.
British Dictionary definitions for unwound


the past tense and past participle of unwind


verb -winds, -winding, -wound
to slacken, undo, or unravel or cause to slacken, undo, or unravel
(transitive) to disentangle
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 unwound



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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