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From Middle English untien, unteyen, untyȝen, untiȝen, from Old English untīġan (to untie), equivalent to un- +‎ tie.



untie (third-person singular simple present unties, present participle untying, simple past and past participle untied)

  1. (transitive) To loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of.
    to untie a knot
    • (Can we date this quote?), Waller:
      Sacharissa's captive fain / Would untie his iron chain.
  2. (transitive) To free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind.
    • c. 1605, Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 4, scene 1:
      Though you untie the winds, and let them fight / Against the churches.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Jeremy Taylor:
      All the evils of an untied tongue we put upon the accounts of drunkenness.
  3. To resolve; to unfold; to clear.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Denham:
      They quicken sloth, perplexities untie.
  4. (intransitive) To become untied or loosed.



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