• IPA: /ʌnˈtaɪ/

untie (unties, present participle untying; past and past participle untied)

  1. (transitive) To loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of.
    to untie a knot
    • Sacharissa's captive fain / Would untie his iron chain.
  2. (transitive) To free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind.
    • circa 1605, Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 4, scene 1:
      Though you untie the winds, and let them fight / Against the churches.
    • All the evils of an untied tongue we put upon the accounts of drunkenness.
  3. To resolve; to unfold; to clear.
    • They quicken sloth, perplexities untie.
  4. (intransitive) To become untied or loosed.
  5. (programming, transitive) In the Perl programming language, to undo the process of tying, so that a variable uses default instead of custom functionality.
    • 2002, Dave Roth, Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions (page 151)
      After you finish with the INI file, all you need to do is untie the hash. Then you really are finished!
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