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

  • transitive v. To undo or loosen (a knot or something knotted).
  • transitive v. To free from something that binds or restrains: untie a horse from a tree.
  • transitive v. To straighten out (difficulties, for example); resolve.
  • intransitive v. To become untied.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of; as, to untie a knot.
  • v. To free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind.
  • v. To resolve; to unfold; to clear.
  • v. To become untied or loosed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of.
  • transitive v. To free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind.
  • transitive v. To resolve; to unfold; to clear.
  • intransitive v. To become untied or loosed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To undo, as a knot.
  • To undo the fastenings, bands, cords, or wrappings of; loosen and remove the tyings from: as, to unlie a bundle; hence, to let or set loose; dissolve the bonds of; liberate.
  • To loosen from coils or convolutions.
  • To resolve; unfold; clear.
  • To come untied; become loose.

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

  • v. undo the ties of
  • v. cause to become loose

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