verb (used with object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.

  1. to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition: to unwind a rolled bandage; to unwind a coiled rope.
  2. to reduce the tension of; relax: to unwind a person with a drink.
  3. to disentangle or disengage; untwist: to unwind one’s legs from around the stool.

verb (used without object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.

  1. to become unwound.
  2. to become relieved of tension; relax: After work we can have a drink and unwind.

verb -winds, -winding or -wound

  1. to slacken, undo, or unravel or cause to slacken, undo, or unravel
  2. (tr) to disentangle
  3. to make or become relaxedhe finds it hard to unwind after a busy day at work

v.early 14c., “to undo” (a bandage, wrapping, etc.), from un- (2) + wind (v.). Cf. Old English unwindan, Dutch ontwinden, Old High German intwindan. Refl. sense is recorded from 1740; figurative sense of “to release oneself from tensions, to relax” is recorded from 1938. Related: Unwound; unwinding.

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