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English verb: unwind

1. unwind (contact) reverse the winding or twisting of

SamplesUnwind a ball of yarn.

Synonymsunroll, wind off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Antonymstwine, wrap, wind, roll

2. unwind (contact) separate the tangles of


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)undo

Narrower (hyponym)roll out, straighten, uncoil

3. unwind (body) become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

SamplesHe relaxed in the hot tub.
Let's all relax after a hard day's work.

Synonymsdecompress, loosen up, relax, slow down, unbend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)sit back, take it easy, vege out, vegetate

Antonymstense up, tense

4. unwind (body) cause to feel relaxed

SamplesA hot bath always relaxes me.

Synonymsloosen up, make relaxed, relax, unlax, unstrain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect

Narrower (hyponym)unbend

Causedecompress, loosen up, relax, slow down, unbend, unwind

Antonymstense up, tense, strain

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