- 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.
- to become unlocked.
Origin of unlock
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Examples from the Web for unlocked
But locals there say any money deposited is thrown into an unlocked cupboard behind the tellers, hardly inspiring confidence.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
There he unlocked a door and pointed dramatically to a vacant bed, looking beautifully white, wide and deep.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Almost every episode of the recurring site feature “Strong Bad Emails” offered users clickable keywords that unlocked something.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet
April 22, 2014
He unlocked the door and I picked up my hat and stick and stepped into the corridor.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Those who managed to squeeze through windows and unlocked doors were shot.There Should Be No Statute of Limitations on Prosecuting War Crimes
January 13, 2014
"Then I will go with you," answered Ashton; and he unlocked the door.Life in London
Stoliker produced a key and unlocked the manacles, slipping them into his pocket.In the Midst of Alarms
She unlocked the door, and, passing out, neglected closing it after her.The Dream
Sybilly got the key an' unlocked it, an' she give us this candy, too!Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
She seized it as soon as Marriott drew it from her pocket, and unlocked the door.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- 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
Word Origin and History for unlocked
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper