- to undo or remove the contents from (a box, trunk, etc.).
- to remove (something) from a container, suitcase, etc.
- to unburden, as the mind; reveal.
- to decipher or discern (the meaning of symbols, statements, etc.): Each statement could be unpacked in the general theory.
- to remove a pack or load from (a horse, vehicle, etc.).
- to remove the contents of a container.
Origin of unpack
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Examples from the Web for unpack
Nonetheless, the pop provocateur that soap fans know by the mononym “Franco” has decided to unpack it.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'
September 6, 2014
Someone needs to strap a jet pack on Dr. Drew and send him up to unpack these daddy issues, ASAP.You Can't Unsee Billy Ray Cyrus’s Pseudo Hip Hop ‘Achy Breaky 2’
February 12, 2014
A little while ago I asked a Texas conservative I know to unpack the antipathy aroused by Cruz.Why Does Ted Cruz Inspire Such Animosity?
May 3, 2013
Her contemplative films (never videos) unpack the world the way Cezanne and Chardin do.A Cezanne for Our Times
May 8, 2012
Let's unpack their verbal clash and see what it tells us about each man and his strategy.Romney Puts Perry on Defensive
September 13, 2011
If you'll unpack the mare and tether her, Haggis, we can see aboot the fire and the meat.The Fiery Totem
The Sanford contingent had their trunks to unpack as soon as they should arrive.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Judith unlocked her trunk and began to unpack her treasures.Judy of York Hill
Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
Pass along at once, and find your quarters and begin to unpack.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
(Crosses to r.) Go to your room and get settled; then unpack the other trunks.The Ghost Breaker
- to remove the packed contents of (a case, trunk, etc)
- (tr) to take (something) out of a packed container
- (tr) to remove a pack from; unloadto unpack a mule
- (tr) to explain (a question, issue, etc) by analysing its component parts
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Word Origin and History for unpack
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