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
- intransitive v. To become untied or loosed.
- 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.
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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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