verb (used with object)

to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), especially with a key.
to open or release by or as if by undoing a lock.
to open (anything firmly closed or joined): to unlock the jaws.
to lay open; disclose: to unlock the secrets of one's heart.

verb (used without object)

to become unlocked.

Origin of unlock

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

open, free, unbarred, unbolted, unsecured

Examples from the Web for unlocked

Contemporary Examples of unlocked

Historical Examples of unlocked

  • "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



not lockedall those unlocked cars



(tr) to unfasten (a lock, door, etc)
(tr) to open, release, or let loose
(tr) to disclose or provide the key tounlock a puzzle
(intr) to become unlocked
Derived Formsunlockable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unlocked



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

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