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[uhn-zip] /ʌnˈzɪp/
verb (used with object), unzipped, unzipping.
to open the zipper of.
verb (used without object), unzipped, unzipping.
to become unzipped.
Origin of unzip
1935-40; un-2 + zip2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unzip
  • unzip your sleeping bag, shake it out and check for bugs.
  • To check this, unzip one of the cushions and check to see if the color is the same top and bottom.
  • unzip the file or files you downloaded into the folder or directory you created for storing the publication.
  • Do not unzip any file into a folder or directory other than the one you created.
  • In the box below the drive field, scroll down and find the folder you want to unzip your report to and double click on it.
  • After downloading, unzip and then double-click the executable and follow the installation wizard screens.
British Dictionary definitions for unzip


verb -zips, -zipping, -zipped
to unfasten the zip of (a garment) or (of a zip or garment with a zip) to become unfastened: her skirt unzipped as she sat down
(transitive) (computing) to decompress (a file) that had previously been zipped
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unzip

1939, from un- (2) + zip (v.). Related: Unzipped; unzipping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unzip in Technology

1. To extract files from an archive created with PKWare's PKZIP archiver.
2. A program to list, test, or extract files from a ZIP archive, commonly found on MS-DOS systems. zip, creates ZIP archives; both programs are compatible with archives created by PKWARE's PKZIP and PKUNZIP for MS-DOS.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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