Definition of uncage in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Release from a cage.

    ‘they had forgotten to uncage the two black owls’
    • ‘I depressed the missile firing stud which uncaged the missile seeker head.’
    • ‘Lyra finds and uncages the caged daemons, gets them back to their owners, and engineers an escape for the children.’
    • ‘How biddable would the circus tigers be, uncaged, five hundred yards from the trainer with the whip?’
    • ‘He announces his arrival with a long, low, almost obscene whistle that sounds as though someone had just uncaged a large, evil bird.’
    • ‘The killer uncaged the animals, smashed the aquariums.’
    release, liberate, discharge, emancipate, set free, let go, set at liberty, set loose, let loose, turn loose, deliver
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    1. 1.1 Free from constraint; liberate.
      ‘uncage your potential’
      • ‘More and more Christians are waking up to the powerful tools that are available to not only reach the young, but to uncage their minds for God, before they drift away from the church.’
      • ‘We may reasonably rejoice to learn that women are to be thus uncaged.’
      • ‘The full stories of how the first Canadian community networks managed to uncage the Internet should probably be told some day.’
      • ‘You wax idealistic, which uncages a backlog of dreamy aspirations you've kept in lockdown.’
      • ‘The Democrats have pointed to the uncaging of the financial industry by its Republican champions.’
      free, liberate, set free, release, let loose, let out, set loose, discharge
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