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unlock

[uhn-lok]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become unlocked.
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Origin of unlock

1350–1400; Middle English unloken; see un-2, lock1
Related formsun·lock·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words

open, free, unbarred, unbolted, unsecured

Examples from the Web for unlocked

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Historical Examples

  • "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!

  • She seized it as soon as Marriott drew it from her pocket, and unlocked the door.


British Dictionary definitions for unlocked

unlocked

adjective
  1. not lockedall those unlocked cars
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unlock

verb
  1. (tr) to unfasten (a lock, door, etc)
  2. (tr) to open, release, or let loose
  3. (tr) to disclose or provide the key tounlock a puzzle
  4. (intr) to become unlocked
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Derived Formsunlockable, 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.

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