verb (used with object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.
- to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition: to unwind a rolled bandage; to unwind a coiled rope.
- to reduce the tension of; relax: to unwind a person with a drink.
- to disentangle or disengage; untwist: to unwind one’s legs from around the stool.
verb (used without object), un·wound, un·wind·ing.
- to become unwound.
- to become relieved of tension; relax: After work we can have a drink and unwind.
verb -winds, -winding or -wound
- to slacken, undo, or unravel or cause to slacken, undo, or unravel
- (tr) to disentangle
- 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.