/un but"n/, v.t.
1. to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo.
2. to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning: to unbutton a jacket.
3. to disclose (one's feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence.
4. to unfasten a button or one's buttons.
[1275-1325; ME unbotenen. See UN-2, BUTTON]

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