- To unwind is defined as to relax or undo something that is wound up.
An example of to unwind is getting a foot rub after a stressful day.
A person gets a foot massage to unwind.
transitive verbunwound, unwinding
- to wind off or undo (something wound)
- to straighten out or untangle (something confused or involved)
- to make relaxed, less tense, etc.
Origin of unwindMiddle English unwinden ; from Old English unwindan
- to become unwound
- to become relaxed, less tense, etc.
verbun·wound , un·wind·ing, un·winds
- To reverse the winding or twisting of: unwind a ball of yarn.
- To separate the tangled parts of; disentangle.
- To free (someone) of nervous tension or pent-up energy.
- To become unwound.
- To become free of nervous tension; relax: liked to unwind with a cocktail before dinner.
(third-person singular simple present unwinds, present participle unwinding, simple past and past participle unwound)
- To wind off; to loose or separate; to untwist; to untwine; as, to unwind thread, to unwind a ball of yarn
- Could you unwind about a foot of ribbon so I can finish the package?
- (intransitive, slang) To relax; to chill out; as, to rest and relieve of stress
- After work, I like to unwind by smoking a pipe while reading the paper.
- (intransitive) To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.
From Old English unwindan. See 1st un-, and wind (“to coil").