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[uhn-pak] /ʌnˈpæk/
verb (used with object)
to undo or remove the contents from (a box, trunk, etc.).
to remove (something) from a container, suitcase, etc.
to unburden, as the mind; reveal.
to decipher or discern (the meaning of symbols, statements, etc.):
Each statement could be unpacked in the general theory.
to remove a pack or load from (a horse, vehicle, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to remove the contents of a container.
Origin of unpack
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English unpakken. See un-2, pack1
Related forms
unpacker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unpack
  • After you unpack, steam away any incidental wrinkles by hanging items in the bathroom while you shower.
  • We unpack whether a controversial prevention method works.
  • After your next family trip to the grocery store, write down where each item was produced as you unpack the groceries.
  • There's also a lot to be said about not having to pack and unpack during a multiple-stop tour of a place.
  • It's lunch time and she slides a petri dish aside to unpack a container of homemade soup.
  • Our first task is to unpack and database all of those thousands of specimens.
  • But when you need mathematical dynamite, it's time to unpack the exponential functions.
  • If what he's saying is a little opaque, let me unpack it.
  • Moving companies will provide you with people to pack and unpack.
  • As soon as you pull up to your new house, neighbours appear to help you unpack.
British Dictionary definitions for unpack


to remove the packed contents of (a case, trunk, etc)
(transitive) to take (something) out of a packed container
(transitive) to remove a pack from; unload: to unpack a mule
(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

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

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