from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To release from or as if from a yoke.
  • intransitive verb To separate; disjoin.
  • intransitive verb To remove a yoke.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To stop working.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To loose from a yoke; free from a yoke.
  • To part; disjoin.
  • To become loosed from, or as if from, a yoke; give over work; hence, to cease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To loose or free from a yoke.
  • transitive verb To part; to disjoin; to disconnect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To release something from a yoke or harness.
  • verb transitive To disconnect, unlink.
  • verb transitive To liberate, deliver from oppression.
  • verb intransitive To unyoke an animal.
  • verb intransitive To cease from labour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb remove the yoke from


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un- +‎ yoke


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