Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To deprive of position, rank, or authority; depose.
  • transitive v. To cause the ruin of; destroy.
  • transitive v. To alter the nature or characteristics of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To destroy; to cause (a made article) to lose its nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To destroy the form and qualities of; to deprive of being; to uncreate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To destroy the essential form and qualities of; cause to cease to exist; annihilate; uncreate; annul, reverse, or essentially change the nature or office of.
  • To leave unmade, unformed, uncreated, or unfashioned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deprive of certain characteristics

Etymologies

un- +‎ make (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It isn't well to make up our minds fully until we have heard all sides, lest we have them to unmake, which is always more or less painful.

    Homes and How to Make Them

  • I can't imagine the work to make, and then "unmake," that project, but I bet it brought out some interesting juxtapositions.

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.

  • "None of us knew the book in question had a hidden spell in it, a spell that could 'unmake' Carlotta.

    Prison Of Souls

  • The fiscal crisis is of Our making, and We can unmake it without total destruction. lgl

    No Entitlements Crisis?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Sometimes those scraps from the alley became dangerous prototypes and I ended up with broken limbs, but I had teachers who encouraged me to unmake, remake, invent, and dream big dreams.

    Mickey McManus: Innovate: Education -- The Next Literacy

  • His lips press and his arms enfold not her so much as the ideal of her, and unless she unmake herself, he cannot unlove her.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • With logic like that, we should be able to expect Iran to unmake its nuclear weapons program.

    Bush takes aim at Obama policies

  • Under #2 and under the ICC case, the question is whether the President can unmake a treaty he (or his predecessor) have already made prior to rejection by the Senate.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Judge Baltazar Garzón Indicted

  • "We have been a country in conflict for so many years, so many decades, centuries even, that it's time for us to heal our wounds," said Mr. Santos, the 59-year-old scion of one of the nation's most influential families, which once had the power to make and unmake presidents through control of El Tiempo, the country's leading newspaper.

    Colombia Tries to Heal Wounds of Long War

  • If Prejean could unmake a woman, then he could also make a cave like the one that had mysteriously appeared in Damascus.

    Etched in Bone

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