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[uhn-lok] /ʌnˈlɒk/
verb (used with object)
to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), especially with a key.
to open or release by or as if by undoing a lock.
to open (anything firmly closed or joined):
to unlock the jaws.
to lay open; disclose:
to unlock the secrets of one's heart.
verb (used without object)
to become unlocked.
Origin of unlock
1350-1400; Middle English unloken; see un-2, lock1
Related forms
unlockable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Two keys, perhaps, are wanted to unlock the cabinet.
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British Dictionary definitions for unlock


(transitive) to unfasten (a lock, door, etc)
(transitive) to open, release, or let loose
(transitive) to disclose or provide the key to: unlock a puzzle
(intransitive) to become unlocked
Derived Forms
unlockable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for unlock

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

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