Definition of unmake in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Reverse or undo the making of; annul.

    ‘Watergate made the independent prosecutor law necessary; Whitewater may unmake it’
    • ‘Since Edward Heath took us into what we were led to believe was the European free trade area, various governments have surrendered our Westminster Parliament's monopoly of making and unmaking laws in this country.’
    • ‘These laws are made and may be unmade by Act of Parliament, like any other.’
    • ‘We have come here to make and unmake social conditions.’
    • ‘This was the era in which great imperial powers still felt free to draw frontiers, place and displace peoples, make and unmake states.’
    • ‘Tragic events like the ones we are witnessing all over Gujarat shatter lives, unsettle moral convictions and unmake the fragile establishment we normally call society.’
    • ‘A blog is made or unmade by one individual, whereas forums depend on the collective participation of many people.’
    • ‘If it did, it would not arise until the contract had been made; and then its sole operation would be to unmake the contract.’
    • ‘And where in all this do people have the capacity to make and unmake governments and keep a democracy alive and kicking?’
    • ‘Parliament, to paraphrase Blackstone, can make or unmake any law as it sees fit.’
    • ‘Something about me not being grounded enough and either going nuts or unmaking reality for the lot of us.’
    • ‘We do need to finally lay the dead to rest, to accept that mistakes were made that cannot be unmade, and to accept that the ‘blame game’ at this point in our history would be a futile exercise.’
    • ‘It makes the false assumption that the devolved parliament outranks Westminster, which made it and can unmake it, at will.’
    • ‘Again, if the United States be not a government proper, but an association of States in the nature of contract merely, can it, as a contract, be peaceably unmade by less than all the parties who made it?’
    • ‘He thought it was a nasty unpleasant film, and his sequel was an answer that would somehow unmake the damage.’
    • ‘The real world is the playing ground for each and every group, to make or unmake laws.’
    • ‘The power to make or unmake governments vests with you.’
    • ‘Basically, in the terms of Dicey, the doctrine of Parliamentary sovereignty means that there are no legal limitations of Parliament and it has the right to make or unmake any law whatsoever.’
    • ‘Could we undo… could we knowingly unmake something that we know should never have come into being?’
    • ‘Still, the legislatures in every country make and unmake laws endlessly, but seldom their labors are for the benefit of the people whom they profess to represent.’
    • ‘The clan leader Arène became famous for making and unmaking prefects and for appointing his own clan members to positions in the island's administration.’
    1. 1.1 Ruin; destroy.
      ‘human beings make cities and unmake them’
      • ‘I wind and unwind the yarn, making and then unmaking, because I don't want to add anything new to the collection.’
      • ‘It is constantly making, unmaking, and remaking the soul, the self.’
      • ‘They made both, and they alone can rightfully unmake either.’
      • ‘Know this, I created your body myself and I have the power to unmake and remake your body which is my creation.’
      • ‘I hated knowing that I was used to unmake what the Creator had taking time to make.’
      • ‘For one thing, the requirement that we continue to be designers equal to the sorrows that unmake and remake the world.’