unleash Definition

  • 1to suddenly release a violent force that cannot be controlled
  • 2to suddenly allow something to happen or be expressed

Using unleash: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unleash" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The storm unleashed its fury on the small town.

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    The new policy will unleash a wave of protests from the public.

  • Example

    The company plans to unleash a new product line next year.

  • Example

    He unleashed a barrage of insults at his opponent.

unleash Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with unleash

  • to cause great destruction or harm


    The army was ordered to unleash hell on the enemy.

  • to allow oneself to be creative without any restrictions


    She decided to take a year off to travel and unleash her creativity.

  • to allow something to reach its full potential


    The coach encouraged the team to unleash their power and play to win.

Origins of unleash

from un- (not) + leash (a strap used for controlling a dog)


Summary: unleash in Brief

The verb 'unleash' [ʌnˈliːʃ] means to suddenly release a powerful force or allow something to happen or be expressed. It can refer to natural phenomena like storms, or to human actions like insults or protests. Phrases like 'unleash hell' and 'unleash one's creativity' extend the concept to destructive or creative outcomes, while 'unleash the power' implies reaching full potential.

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