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[uhn-klohz] /ʌnˈkloʊz/
verb (used with or without object), unclosed, unclosing.
to bring or come out of a closed state; open.
Origin of unclose
First recorded in 1300-50, unclose is from the Middle English word unclosen. See un-2, close Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • “Yes;” he took a violet from the bowl at his side and began to unclose its petals.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • By a clever arrangement the lantern evidently worked a spring, and when pulled down caused the door to unclose automatically.

    The Manor House School Angela Brazil
  • Dared I unclose these lips, Walter, I could tell thee things!

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
  • When he did unclose his eyes, to blink for a moment, he saw that the stars were still vivid in the blue-black sky overhead.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • The fingers of Sergius closed over the china figure, and did not unclose.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • I felt as though this steel-cold North held me, too, like a trap--never to unclose.

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • The minutes dragged by and still the unconscious man did not stir or unclose his eyes.

    Romance Island Zona Gale
  • Yet wherefore did he not venture to unclose his eyes within the temple of the Most High?

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for unclose


to open or cause to open
to come or bring to light; reveal or be revealed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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