transitive verb Date: 1598 to free from shackles

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Unshackle — Un*shac kle, v. t. [1st pref. un + shackle.] To loose from shackles or bonds; to set free from restraint; to unfetter. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unshackle — index disencumber, disengage, disenthrall, extricate, free, liberate, parole, rescue Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • unshackle — ► VERB ▪ release from shackles or other restraints …   English terms dictionary

  • unshackle — [unshak′əl] vt. unshackled, unshackling 1. to loosen or remove the shackles from 2. to free …   English World dictionary

  • unshackle — verb a) To remove shackles from someone or something. The captain ordered that the guards unshackle and release the prisoner, as he had served his sentence. b) To remove restrictions or inhibitions; to allow full freedom and power. Painting was,… …   Wiktionary

  • unshackle — /un shak euhl/, v.t., unshackled, unshackling. 1. to free from shackles; unfetter. 2. to free from restraint, as conversation. [1605 15; UN 2 + SHACKLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • unshackle — Synonyms and related words: discharge, emancipate, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, unbar, unbind, unbolt, unbridle, unbuckle, uncage, unchain, unfetter, ungag, unhandcuff, unhobble, unlash, unlatch, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • unshackle — v. release from restraints; free …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unshackle — verb release from shackles or other restraints …   English new terms dictionary

  • unshackle — v. a. Unfetter, unchain, unbind, liberate, emancipate, set free, set at liberty, release …   New dictionary of synonyms

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