[ uhn-pak ]
/ ʌnˈpæk /

verb (used with object)

to undo or remove the contents from (a box, trunk, etc.).
to remove (something) from a container, suitcase, etc.
to unburden, as the mind; reveal.
to decipher or discern (the meaning of symbols, statements, etc.): Each statement could be unpacked in the general theory.
to remove a pack or load from (a horse, vehicle, etc.).

verb (used without object)

to remove the contents of a container.

Origin of unpack

First recorded in 1425–75, unpack is from the late Middle English word unpakken.See un-2, pack1


un·pack·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unpack

/ (ʌnˈpæk) /


to remove the packed contents of (a case, trunk, etc)
(tr) to take (something) out of a packed container
(tr) to remove a pack from; unloadto unpack a mule
(tr) to explain (a question, issue, etc) by analysing its component parts

Derived forms of unpack

unpacker, noun
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