un·​latch | \ ˌən-ˈlach How to pronounce unlatch (audio) \
unlatched; unlatching; unlatches

Definition of unlatch

transitive verb

: to open or loose by lifting the latch

intransitive verb

: to become loosed or opened

Examples of unlatch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus the lightweight device is easy to take with you: Just unlatch the clip and attach it to a belt, buckle, or backpack strap. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 15 Mar. 2022 If the Russian and US segments were to unlatch and the power and communications cables linking them were severed, the most immediate need for the space station would be maintaining the station's proper altitude. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2022 The hot steam works against these surfaces to unlatch any dirt stuck to the ground, resulting in floors that are immaculate and free of anything sticky. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 1 Mar. 2022 Each one features purple handles that are supposed to secure the lid while leaving it easy to unlatch. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 Set the tart pan on a bowl so the sides fall away or unlatch the springform side and lift it off. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Mar. 2021 Her movements must have roused the dog again because now there is a scratching at the door at the bottom of the left staircase and Dot reaches out to unlatch it. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2020 The convertible top is operated with a single switch that automatically latches and unlatches the roof. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 16 Apr. 2020 Body camera footage released by the Fort Worth Police Department shows that two officers parked a car a block away, unlatched a fence door and entered the backyard. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of unlatch

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Unlatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlatch. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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un·​latch | \ ˌən-ˈlach How to pronounce unlatch (audio) \
unlatched; unlatching

Kids Definition of unlatch

: to open by lifting a latch

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