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verb [transitive]     untie pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleuntying
past tenseuntied
past participleuntied
  1. to take the knot out of a piece of rope or string that fastens something

    He learnt to tie and untie his shoes.

    Can you untie the knots in this rope?

    1. a.
      to let a person or animal go free by untying the rope that is keeping them somewhere
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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