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[ uhn-lok ]

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)

  1. to become unlocked.


/ ʌnˈlɒk /


  1. tr to unfasten (a lock, door, etc)
  2. tr to open, release, or let loose
  3. tr to disclose or provide the key to

    unlock a puzzle

  4. intr to become unlocked

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Derived Forms

  • unˈlockable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • un·locka·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unlock1

1350–1400; Middle English unloken; un- 2, lock 1

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Example Sentences

Green-Wood has its own catacombs, which grounds keepers will unlock for tour groups.

With my back turned, he entered the combination to unlock the door, which was fortified by more than a foot of reinforced steel.

The move would unlock EU funding, more speaking time, and seats on committees.

Best recalls a grieving father confiding that a visit let him unlock the emotional door trapping his family in grief.

But there was never an easy way for the company to unlock that value, or for investors to understand precisely how much Yahoo!

She instructed Bessie that prayer, good reading, and meditation are the keys to use to unlock God's great storehouse of blessings.

You must search for the secret springs that govern his actions and for the master key that will unlock his heart.

Then he made the boy unlock the cell door and Jim slipped out, gagged the kid, and walked out of the jail.

My name and my influence are a key to unlock every door; my hand can draw aside the curtain of every delight.

For she had that magic key which Thyrsis himself did not possess, she could unlock the treasure-chambers of Corydon's soul.


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