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unseal

[uhn-seel]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to break or remove the seal of; open, as something sealed or firmly closed: to unseal a letter; to unseal a tomb.
  2. to free from constraint, as a person's thought, speech, or behavior: Their friendship unsealed her vivacity.
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Origin of unseal

1375–1425; late Middle English unselen; see un-2, seal1
Related formsun·seal·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for unseal

open, free, remove

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Historical Examples of unseal

  • Though the light did not unseal his vision, it filled his heart.

    The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

    Various

  • I do not suppose you know how to unseal and reseal a royal document?

  • He put in the bulkhead, and I went to the port-hole to unseal it.

    Pharaoh's Broker

    Ellsworth Douglass

  • "My lips are sealed until you unseal them," Mr. Stanlock assured them.

  • Unseal the closed lips: make her cry with her whole soul, 'Father, I have sinned.'

    Adam Bede

    George Eliot


British Dictionary definitions for unseal

unseal

verb (tr)
  1. to remove or break the seal of
  2. to reveal or free (something concealed or closed as if sealed)to unseal one's lips
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Derived Formsunsealable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unseal

v.

early 15c., from un- (2) + seal (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ontsegelen, Old High German intsigilan. Related: Unsealed (late 14c.).

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