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[ uhn-pak ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to undo or remove the contents from (a box, trunk, etc.).
  2. to remove (something) from a container, suitcase, etc.
  3. to unburden, as the mind; reveal.
  4. to decipher or discern (the meaning of symbols, statements, etc.):

    Each statement could be unpacked in the general theory.

  5. to remove a pack or load from (a horse, vehicle, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. to remove the contents of a container.


/ ʌnˈpæk /


  1. to remove the packed contents of (a case, trunk, etc)
  2. tr to take (something) out of a packed container
  3. tr to remove a pack from; unload

    to unpack a mule

  4. tr to explain (a question, issue, etc) by analysing its component parts

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Derived Forms

  • unˈpacker, noun

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Other Words From

  • un·packer noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unpack1

First recorded in 1425–75, unpack is from the late Middle English word unpakken. See un- 2, pack 1

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Example Sentences

There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s dive into one of the wonkier features of the state’s water market.

Given a crisis on this scale, it’s hard to unpack what exactly might happen, but it’s very likely things would spiral out of control, and the resulting uncertainty could spark unrest and protests that could very well lead to violence.

His new book, No Rules Rules, which he wrote with business school professor Erin Meyer, unpacks why Netflix is the successful, global content machine and streaming powerhouse it is.

Welcome back to Human Capital, where we unpack the latest in tech labor and diversity and inclusion.

You’ve got all these different formats for audio, so there’s a large amount of number-crunching the TV has to do to unpack it all.

Nonetheless, the pop provocateur that soap fans know by the mononym “Franco” has decided to unpack it.

Someone needs to strap a jet pack on Dr. Drew and send him up to unpack these daddy issues, ASAP.

A little while ago I asked a Texas conservative I know to unpack the antipathy aroused by Cruz.

Her contemplative films (never videos) unpack the world the way Cezanne and Chardin do.

Let's unpack their verbal clash and see what it tells us about each man and his strategy.

June's hands so trembled when she found herself alone with her treasures that she could hardly unpack them.

Never unpack them and leave their roots exposed to the air for any length of time.

An hour had sufficed him to register and unpack his bag and trunk in the room assigned to him in Torrence Hall.

Meanwhile, Hannam continued to unpack and mount the instruments forming the wireless plants.

These are your little beds; and Anderson, the schoolroom maid, will unpack your trunks presently.


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