unseal

[uhn-seel]

verb (used with object)

to break or remove the seal of; open, as something sealed or firmly closed: to unseal a letter; to unseal a tomb.
to free from constraint, as a person's thought, speech, or behavior: Their friendship unsealed her vivacity.

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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British Dictionary definitions for unseal

unseal

verb (tr)

to remove or break the seal of
to reveal or free (something concealed or closed as if sealed)to unseal one's lips
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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