Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To release from or as if from a yoke.
  • transitive v. To separate; disjoin.
  • intransitive v. To remove a yoke.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To stop working.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To release something from a yoke or harness.
  • v. To disconnect, unlink.
  • v. To liberate, deliver from oppression.
  • v. To unyoke an animal.
  • v. To cease from labour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loose or free from a yoke.
  • transitive v. To part; to disjoin; to disconnect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To loose from a yoke; free from a yoke.
  • To part; disjoin.
  • To become loosed from, or as if from, a yoke; give over work; hence, to cease.

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

  • v. remove the yoke from

Etymologies

un- +‎ yoke (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is to attain these liberties that huddled masses yearn to be free; it was to guarantee these freedoms that the Framers of the Declaration of Independence pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor; it was to protect these rights that Americans have fought and died to free the slave, make the world safe for democracy, and unyoke the world from the tyrannies of fascism, communism, and radical Islam.

    Geoffrey R. Stone: Obama's America

  • Dravid decided to unyoke the Cap. by Sudeep Joseph

    Dravid decided to unyoke the Cap.

  • The carriage stopped, and the men began to unyoke their horses, while Mr. Archibald gravely superintended the removal of the baggage from the carriage to the little vessel.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • After that, let your men rest their poor knees and unyoke your pair of oxen.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • The drays with Mr. Kennedy had not come up, and I sent William Baldock and Yuranigh back in haste to inform him that I was encamped without water, and that I wished him, if still EN ROUTE, immediately to unyoke the cattle, encamp on

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

  • C every time, and of how the gallery boys would sometimes in their enthusiasm unyoke the horses from the carriage of some great prima donna and pull her themselves through the streets to her hotel.

    Dubliners

  • The carter, seeing the determination of this apparition in armour, said to him, "Please your worship, for charity's sake, senor, let me unyoke the mules and place myself in safety along with them before the lions are turned out; for if they kill them on me I am ruined for life, for all I possess is this cart and mules."

    Don Quixote

  • "O man of little faith," replied Don Quixote, "get down and unyoke; you will soon see that you are exerting yourself for nothing, and that you might have spared yourself the trouble."

    Don Quixote

  • There were still a few ox-drawn carts bringing provisions to the tables, which created fresh panics as their drivers saw the cavalcade of approaching priests and hastened to unyoke their beasts, drive them out of the way; if one ox plopped a pile of dung in the path of priests, the priests were defiled and the owner of the ox liable to be flogged and heavily fined.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • There was a road between tall black cypresses, leading to the sea, and by it a little wineshop, such as peasants seek at evening when they unyoke their teams, a mulberry tree above the benches, hens scratching, a couple of goats and one young heifer; and a little house of daub-and-wattle, old and tottering, all drowsy in the quiet sun.

    The Bull From The Sea

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