What does untie mean?

Definitions for untie

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. untie, unbrace, unlaceverb

    undo the ties of

    "They untied the prisoner"

  2. untie, undo, loosenverb

    cause to become loose

    "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie"


  1. untieverb

    To loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of; as, to untie a knot.

  2. untieverb

    To free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind.

  3. untieverb

    To resolve; to unfold; to clear.

  4. untieverb

    To become untied or loosed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Untieverb

    Though you untie the winds, and let them fight
    Against the churches; though the yesty waves
    Confound and swallow navigation up. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    All that of myself is mine,
    Lovely Amoret, is thine;
    Sacharissa’s captive fain
    Would untie his iron chain;
    And those scorching beams to shun,
    To thy gentle shadow run. Edmund Waller.

    The chain I’ll in return untie,
    And freely thou again shalt fly. Matthew Prior.

    The fury heard; while on Cocytus’ brink,
    Her snakes untied, sulphureous waters drink. Alexander Pope.

    All the evils of an untied tongue, we put upon the accounts of drunkenness. Taylor.

    They quicken sloth, perplexities untie;
    Make roughness smooth, and hardness mollifie. John Denham.

    A little more study will solve those difficulties, untie the knot, and make your doubts vanish. Isaac Watts.


  1. untie

    Untie generally refers to the action of loosening or unfastening something that has been tied or is knotted. It can also mean to resolve or settle a problem or disagreement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Untieverb

    to loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of; as, to untie a knot

  2. Untieverb

    to free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind

  3. Untieverb

    to resolve; to unfold; to clear

  4. Untieverb

    to become untied or loosed

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Untie

    un-tī′, v.t. to loose from being tied: to unbind: to loosen.—adj. Untied′.

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  1. unite

  2. intue

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of untie in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of untie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of untie in a Sentence

  1. Ruth Ann Schabaker:

    Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    Currently, agents have to navigate byzantine environmental rules and regulations to access federal lands, removing these restrictions would help untie the hands of our agents to patrol every inch of the border.

  3. Grafitto:

    Bad spellers of the world, untie!

  4. Larry Legere:

    This is what we do for a living, we know it's dangerous and people die doing it. Every time you untie the boat, you're taking a risk.

  5. Joseph Joubert:

    Never cut what you can untie.

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  • rozvázat, odvázatCzech
  • aufklären, auflösen, losmachen, beschließen, lösen, losbinden, beseitigen, sich lösenGerman
  • ελευθερώνω, λύνω, ξεδένω, λύνομαιGreek
  • soltar, desamarrar, desatarse, desatarSpanish
  • avautua, ratkaista, irrottaa, avataFinnish
  • détacherFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • sciogliere, sciogliersi, disfareItalian
  • 解くJapanese
  • maheno, wete, tākiri, wetewete, whakamatoraMāori
  • losmaken, losknopen, ontwarren, ontrafelen, oplossen, loskomenDutch
  • resolver, desamarrar, soltar, desatarPortuguese
  • desface, dezlegaRomanian
  • решить, отвязывать, развязаться, развязываться, решать, отвязать, развязать, развязыватьRussian
  • çözmek, çözülmekTurkish
  • mở dây cộtVietnamese
  • 解開Chinese

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