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unlock

[uhn-lok] /ʌnˈlɒk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), especially with a key.
2.
to open or release by or as if by undoing a lock.
3.
to open (anything firmly closed or joined):
to unlock the jaws.
4.
to lay open; disclose:
to unlock the secrets of one's heart.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become unlocked.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unloken; see un-2, lock1
Related forms
unlockable, adjective
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  • Two keys, perhaps, are wanted to unlock the cabinet.
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  • Almost all the carriers will unlock them for their customers.
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  • For a truly secure system, the message will be encrypted in a way that requires a mathematical key to unlock it.
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  • So it is not wholly surprising that a single wrinkle in standard economic theory might unlock so many mysteries.
  • Of course, no single metric can unlock the secrets of share values.
British Dictionary definitions for unlock

unlock

/ʌnˈlɒk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to unfasten (a lock, door, etc)
2.
(transitive) to open, release, or let loose
3.
(transitive) to disclose or provide the key to: unlock a puzzle
4.
(intransitive) to become unlocked
Derived Forms
unlockable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unlock
v.

c.1400, from un- (2) + lock (v.). Figurative sense is attested from 1530s. Related: Unlocked; unlocking.

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