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[uhn-lach] /ʌnˈlætʃ/
verb (used with object)
to unfasten (a door, window shutter, etc.) by lifting the latch.
verb (used without object)
to become unlatched.
Origin of unlatch
First recorded in 1635-45; un-2 + latch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He'll need more than a flamer to unlatch the old girl if she doesn't care for his offer.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • He couldn't feel what he was doing, but somehow he managed to unlatch it.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • Nehushta, come hither; you are stronger than I. Now, while I unlatch the secret door, do you lift him up.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • When Jason lifted his arm to unlatch the door it was heavy as two arms.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Once having gained the heights, the next thing was to unlatch the heavy doors and give them a gentle swing outward.

    New Chronicles of Rebecca Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • And lo, here is a woman stooping to unlatch the gate—it is she!

  • In vain I argued, that a ghost would have no need to unlatch the gate.

  • I unlatch the little door in front of me and crawl through it, and shut it behind me.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • With a tremendous effort he went quickly up the remaining steps, stood on tiptoe to unlatch the door, and pushed it open.

    The Hawthorns Amy Walton
  • Feigning that a shoe hurts her, she makes the ridiculous Alcindoro unlatch and remove it, and trot off with it to the cobbler's.

British Dictionary definitions for unlatch


to open or unfasten or come open or unfastened by the lifting or release of a latch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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