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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unlatch
Historical Examples
  • He couldn't feel what he was doing, but somehow he managed to unlatch it.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • When Jason lifted his arm to unlatch the door it was heavy as two arms.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • And lo, here is a woman stooping to unlatch the gate—it is she!

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

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • In vain I argued, that a ghost would have no need to unlatch the gate.

  • Marie rose to unlatch the front door for George and returned.

    Married Life

    May Edginton
  • A moment sufficed to unlatch it, and swinging it back, he crawled in on all-fours, closing it after him with the greatest caution.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • Silently we unlatch the door, letting the drift fall in, and step abroad to face the cutting air.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau
  • 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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