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unlock

[uhn-lok] /ʌnˈlɒk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), especially with a key.
2.
to open or release by or as if by undoing a lock.
3.
to open (anything firmly closed or joined):
to unlock the jaws.
4.
to lay open; disclose:
to unlock the secrets of one's heart.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become unlocked.
Origin of unlock
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unloken; see un-2, lock1
Related forms
unlockable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unlocked
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  • "Then I will go with you," answered Ashton; and he unlocked the door.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Stoliker produced a key and unlocked the manacles, slipping them into his pocket.

  • She unlocked the door, and, passing out, neglected closing it after her.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Sybilly got the key an' unlocked it, an' she give us this candy, too!

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • She seized it as soon as Marriott drew it from her pocket, and unlocked the door.

British Dictionary definitions for unlocked

unlocked

/ʌnˈlɒkt/
adjective
1.
not locked: all those unlocked cars

unlock

/ʌnˈlɒk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to unfasten (a lock, door, etc)
2.
(transitive) to open, release, or let loose
3.
(transitive) to disclose or provide the key to: unlock a puzzle
4.
(intransitive) to become unlocked
Derived Forms
unlockable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unlocked

unlock

v.

c.1400, from un- (2) + lock (v.). Figurative sense is attested from 1530s. Related: Unlocked; unlocking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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