unbutton
Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to loose the buttons of 2. to open by or as if by loosing buttons intransitive verb to undo buttons

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Unbutton — Un*but ton, v. t. [1st pref. un + button.] To loose the buttons of; to unfasten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unbutton — (v.) early 14c., from UN (Cf. un ) (2) opposite of + BUTTON (Cf. button) (v.). Related: Unbuttoned; unbuttoning …   Etymology dictionary

  • unbutton — ► VERB 1) unfasten the buttons of. 2) informal relax and become less inhibited …   English terms dictionary

  • unbutton — [unbut′ n] vt. 1. to free (a button) from the buttonhole 2. to unfasten the button or buttons of (a garment, etc.) vi. to unfasten buttons, as in disrobing …   English World dictionary

  • unbutton — [[t]ʌ̱nbʌ̱t(ə)n[/t]] unbuttons, unbuttoning, unbuttoned VERB If you unbutton an item of clothing, you undo the buttons fastening it. [V n] She had begun to unbutton her blouse. [V ed] ...his unbuttoned blue coat …   English dictionary

  • unbutton — UK [ʌnˈbʌt(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms unbutton : present tense I/you/we/they unbutton he/she/it unbuttons present participle unbuttoning past tense unbuttoned past participle unbuttoned to open the buttons on a piece of clothing …   English dictionary

  • unbutton — /un but n/, v.t. 1. to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo. 2. to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning: to unbutton a jacket. 3. to disclose (one s feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence. v.i. 4. to unfasten… …   Universalium

  • unbutton — verb Unbutton is used with these nouns as the object: ↑blouse, ↑button, ↑coat, ↑collar, ↑jacket, ↑pants, ↑shirt …   Collocations dictionary

  • unbutton — un•but•ton [[t]ʌnˈbʌt n[/t]] v. t. 1) to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo 2) to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning: to unbutton a jacket[/ex] 3) to disclose (one s feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence… …   From formal English to slang

  • unbutton — v.tr. 1 a unfasten (a coat etc.) by taking the buttons out of the buttonholes. b unbutton the clothes of (a person). 2 (absol.) colloq. relax from tension or formality, become communicative. 3 (as unbuttoned adj.) a not buttoned. b colloq.… …   Useful english dictionary

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