Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "unwind" []

  • To reverse the winding or twisting of: unwind a ball of yarn. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate the tangled parts of; disentangle. (verb-transitive)
  • To free (someone) of nervous tension or pent-up energy. (verb-transitive)
  • To become unwound. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become free of nervous tension; relax: liked to unwind with a cocktail before dinner. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unwind" in a sentence
  • "(I believe the currently preferred Wall Street term is 'unwind' -- as in 'unwind the subprime mortgage mess'.)"
  • "What do you do to try to unwind from a day's gauntlet of emotional and intellectual challenges?"
  • "In this situation the selling pressure is exhausted by the time the death cross occurs and now the sideline money and unwind from the hedges can actually instigate a rally."