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unclose

[uhn-klohz] /ʌnˈkloʊz/
verb (used with or without object), unclosed, unclosing.
1.
to bring or come out of a closed state; open.
Origin of unclose
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50, unclose is from the Middle English word unclosen. See un-2, close
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  • “Yes;” he took a violet from the bowl at his side and began to unclose its petals.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • She made haste to unclose them, and her heart bounded at thinking that he was born to all this!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • (to Jeronymo) unclose the chapel door and raise the secret stone.

  • Dared I unclose these lips, Walter, I could tell thee things!

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
  • She felt that she must reply, that she must speak, say something; but she could not unclose her lips.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • I dare say (for it was at peep of day) that not a man of them had yet endeavoured to unclose his eyes.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • Yet wherefore did he not venture to unclose his eyes within the temple of the Most High?

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • For such is man, and so do the rose petals of love first unclose.

    Rockhaven Charles Munn
  • The fingers of Sergius closed over the china figure, and did not unclose.

    Bye-Ways

    Robert Smythe Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for unclose

unclose

/ʌnˈkləʊz/
verb
1.
to open or cause to open
2.
to come or bring to light; reveal or be revealed
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