[syn: unwrap, undo]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Undo \Un*do"\, v. t. [AS. und?n. See 1st Un-, and Do to
1. To reverse, as what has been done; to annul; to bring to
What's done can not be undone. --Shak.
To-morrow, ere the setting sun,
She 'd all undo that she had done. --Swift.
2. To loose; to open; to take to piece; to unfasten; to
untie; hence, to unravel; to solve; as, to undo a knot; to
undo a puzzling question; to undo a riddle. --Tennyson.
Pray you, undo this button. --Shak.
She took the spindle, and undoing the thread
gradually, measured it. --Sir W.
3. To bring to poverty; to impoverish; to ruin, as in
reputation, morals, hopes, or the like; as, many are
undone by unavoidable losses, but more undo themselves by
vices and dissipation, or by indolence.
That quaffing and drinking will undo you, --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish
I could undo my actions"
2: deprive of certain characteristics [syn: unmake, undo]
[ant: do, make]
3: cause the ruin or downfall of; "A single mistake undid the
President and he had to resign"
4: cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot";
"loosen the necktie" [syn: untie, undo, loosen]
5: remove the outer cover or wrapping of; "Let's unwrap the
gifts!"; "undo the parcel" [syn: unwrap, undo] [ant:
wrap, wrap up]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
237 Moby Thesaurus words for "undo":
KO, abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, answer, atomize,
bare, beat, beat all hollow, beat hollow, best, bottom,
break to pieces, bring down, bring to naught, bring to nothing,
buffer, cancel, cancel out, cast off, clear, clear up, cleave,
come to nothing, cook, counterbalance, crack, crush, dash, debauch,
debug, decimate, decipher, decode, defeat, demolish, demoralize,
deobstruct, destroy, detach, disassemble, disclose, disengage,
disentangle, dish, disintegrate, dismantle, divine, do, do for,
do in, doff, dope, dope out, douse, drop, drub, explain, expose,
fathom, figure out, find out, find the answer, find the solution,
fix, fragment, free, frustrate, get, get right, guess, guess right,
have, have it, hide, hit it, hors de combat, interpret, invalidate,
knock down, knock out, lambaste, lather, liberate, lick, loose,
loosen, make mincemeat of, make out, manifest, negate, negativate,
negative, neutralize, nullify, offset, ope, open, open the lock,
outclass, outdo, outfight, outfox, outgeneral, outmaneuver,
outpoint, outreach, outrun, outsail, outshine, outsmart, overcome,
overreach, patefy, pick to pieces, plumb, prostrate, psych,
psych out, pull in pieces, pull to pieces, pulverize, put, put off,
puzzle out, quash, ravel, ravel out, raze, reduce to rubble,
release, remove, rend, repeal, rescind, resolve, reveal, reverse,
revoke, riddle, ruin, scuttle, settle, shake, shatter, shoot down,
sink, skin, skin alive, slip out of, smash, solve, sort out, split,
step out of, stultify, sunder, take apart, take off, tear apart,
tear to pieces, tear to shreds, tear to tatters, thrash, throw off,
thwart, torpedo, total, trim, triumph over, trounce, unbar, unbind,
unblock, unbolt, unbrace, unbuckle, unbuild, unbutton, uncase,
unchain, unclasp, unclench, unclog, unclutch, uncork, uncover,
uncurtain, undrape, unfasten, unfetter, unfold, unfoul, unglue,
unhook, unlace, unlatch, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen,
unmake, unman, unnerve, unplug, unravel, unriddle, unroll,
unscramble, unseal, unsheathe, unshut, unsnap, unstick, unstop,
unstrap, unstring, untangle, untie, untwist, unveil, unweave,
unwrap, unzip, upset, vitiate, void, weigh anchor, whip, work,
work out, worst, wrack, wrack up, wreck