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[uhn-bahr] /ʌnˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), unbarred, unbarring.
to remove a bar or bars from; open; unlock; unbolt:
to unbar a door.
Origin of unbar
First recorded in 1300-50, unbar is from the Middle English word unbarren. See un-2, bar1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He filled his hands full of the shining gold, then hurried to the door, unbarring it.

  • She went to the window, and unbarring the shutters, opened it.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • I went down to the gate, and, unbarring it, gave him my hand and led the horse within the inclosure.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • She was busy unbolting and unbarring by now, and Miss Clotilda had disappeared.

    The Old Pincushion Mrs. Molesworth
  • When I got to the three log doorsteps I heard them unlocking and unbarring and unbolting.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • unbarring the door, he opened it, entered, and closed it carefully behind him.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • At last an unchaining, unbarring, unbolting, and key-turning were heard from within the door.

    A Gentleman Player Robert Neilson Stephens
  • She had come to the first barn now, and, unbarring the door, went in.

    The Good Comrade Una L. Silberrad
  • It sounded like the cry of a child, and Offero hastily rose up and, unbarring the door, looked out.

    In God's Garden Amy Steedman
  • There was a noise of unbarring and unlocking the front door, which opened straight from the night into the room.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for unbarring


verb (transitive) -bars, -barring, -barred
to take away a bar or bars from
to unfasten bars, locks, etc, from (a door); open
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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