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unlatch

[uhn-lach]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to unfasten (a door, window shutter, etc.) by lifting the latch.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become unlatched.
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Origin of unlatch

First recorded in 1635–45; un-2 + latch
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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.


British Dictionary definitions for unlatch

unlatch

verb
  1. to open or unfasten or come open or unfastened by the lifting or release of a latch
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