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unpack

[uhn-pak] /ʌnˈpæk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to undo or remove the contents from (a box, trunk, etc.).
2.
to remove (something) from a container, suitcase, etc.
3.
to unburden, as the mind; reveal.
4.
to decipher or discern (the meaning of symbols, statements, etc.):
Each statement could be unpacked in the general theory.
5.
to remove a pack or load from (a horse, vehicle, etc.).
verb (used without object)
6.
to remove the contents of a container.
Origin of unpack
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English unpakken. See un-2, pack1
Related forms
unpacker, noun
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  • "So I can unpack your things, sir," threatens the Great Mogul.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • If you'll unpack the mare and tether her, Haggis, we can see aboot the fire and the meat.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • But she would not nibble the feast now; and closing "The Daisy Chain," begun to unpack her handbag.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The Sanford contingent had their trunks to unpack as soon as they should arrive.

  • They had recently had nothing to eat; and I halted to unpack an animal, and gave them meat for their dinner.

British Dictionary definitions for unpack

unpack

/ʌnˈpæk/
verb
1.
to remove the packed contents of (a case, trunk, etc)
2.
(transitive) to take (something) out of a packed container
3.
(transitive) to remove a pack from; unload: to unpack a mule
4.
(transitive) to explain (a question, issue, etc) by analysing its component parts
Derived Forms
unpacker, noun
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Word Origin and History for unpack
v.

late 15c., from un- (2) + pack (v.). Cf. Dutch ontpakken. Related: Unpacked; unpacking.

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