Definition of unwind in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwīnd/

verb (past and past participle unwound /-ˈwound/)

1Undo or be undone after winding or being wound: [with object]: Ella unwound the long woolen scarf from her neck [no object]: the net unwinds from the reel
More example sentences
  • I took one of these envelopes and undid it by unwinding a little thread in back.
  • When the steering wheel is turned, said printed circuit board can, according to the direction of turning, be wound onto a winding element or unwound therefrom.
  • He put the videotape in and unwound his bandages to let his wounds breathe.
unroll, uncoil, unravel, untwine, untwist, disentangle, open (out), straighten (out)
1.1 [no object] Relax after a period of work or tension: the Grand Hotel is a superb place to unwind
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  • Why not call in, relax unwind and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of The Family Life Centre Boyle.
  • Its been busy, but today might be a chance to take it a bit slower and relax and unwind.
  • Even if your preferred speed of living is fast or faster it's important to find time to relax, unwind and loosen your grip.
relax, loosen up, ease up/off, slow down, de-stress, unbend, rest, put one's feet up, sit back, take it easy, take a load off
informal wind down, mellow (out), let it all hang out, veg, hang loose, chill (out), chillax

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Syllabification: un·wind

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