Definition of untie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈtī/

verb (unties, untying, untied)

[with object]
1Undo or unfasten (a cord or knot): she knelt to untie her laces
More example sentences
  • As soon as it's tied, I untie and unwrap it again, and set it down on the pedestal.
  • 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.
undo, unknot, unbind, unfasten, unlace, untether, unhitch, unmoor;
(turn) loose, (set) free, release, let go, unshackle
1.1Undo a cord or similar fastening that binds (someone or something): Morton untied the parcel
More example sentences
  • I worked the ropes around my left wrist loose, then untied myself.
  • He untied Serena and told her to change her bloodied top, answer the door and say nothing.
  • They had obviously untied themselves, particularly as there was nothing to hold them still.


Old English untīgan (see un-2, tie).

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Syllabification: un·tie

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