Definition of untie in English:



[with object]
  • Undo or unfasten (something that is tied or tied up)

    ‘she knelt to untie her laces’
    ‘Morton untied the parcel’
    • ‘She is the largest and nicest doll I have ever had, but I will never undress her or untie the red ribbons under her chin.’
    • ‘‘You know, they really shouldn't torture you,’ said the girl who had finished untying the first of three knots.’
    • ‘He quickly untied the cord that held the dress in place.’
    • ‘He pulled off the ribbon, carefully untying the bow so as not to damage it and pulled away the tissue paper from a small plastic case, and he knew from the company logo embossed on the lid that the box contained a watch.’
    • ‘He reaches down and starts untying her other bootlace and gently pulling her boots and socks off, massaging her feet and ankles as he does.’
    • ‘Nelson has something with shoelaces; he enjoys untying everybody's shoelaces to annoy them.’
    • ‘Finally, she untied the knot and let the dress tumble to a pile at her feet.’
    • ‘Princess Grace, ever so carefully, untied the golden silk cords to the snow white carrying cloth, in which her dagger was kept.’
    • ‘She untied the bloodstained black bandana from his neck.’
    • ‘I quickly untied the rope that was bound around her body, then worked on her hands and ankles.’
    • ‘He picked up the small parcel and untied the string around it.’
    • ‘She stood up and began untying the binds to her dress.’
    • ‘Leanne grinned and obeyed, untying the floppy pink bow, and lifting the lid off the box slowly.’
    • ‘His hands slipped behind my ears and untied my blindfold.’
    • ‘I untied the red ribbon that bound the black box and excitedly opened the lid to find a gorgeous strand of delicate, white diamonds.’
    • ‘Jim untied the rope that was fastened to it and lit it.’
    • ‘My current shoelaces haven't been untied for at least a year and are getting a bit ragged, so I thought it was time for some new ones.’
    • ‘When she wishes to punish anyone she gives them a basket of one hundred pairs of shoes all with the laces tied in a hundred tight knots and makes them sit and untie every one.’
    • ‘As soon as it's tied, I untie and unwrap it again, and set it down on the pedestal.’
    • ‘They clambered into the little wooden boat and she instructed her to carefully begin untying the knot that secured her side of the boat.’
    undo, unknot, unbind, unfasten, unwrap, unlace, untether, unfetter, unhitch, unmoor
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Old English untīgan (see un-, tie).