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 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, "Column: Maybe Atatiana Jefferson’s death can be a turning point for white people who don’t want to see racism," 15 Oct. 2019 The Clubman's doors are a sort-of-French-door arrangement that requires the right side to be open before the left side can be unlatched. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Big Mini Question: Countryman or Clubman?," 26 Feb. 2020 The perpetrator gained entry by unlatching the emergency release handle of the garage door opener. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Franklin Park, Northlake police: 2016 Nissan Sentra, cell phone and wallet stolen," 12 Sep. 2019 The boy eventually unlatched the window and called for help, the detective said. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Her Children Found Her Body. Now a Parolee Is Accused of Murder.," 25 Dec. 2019 While posing for the cameras, her left earring seemed to unlatch and fall to the ground. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk Dropped an Earring on the Red Carpet and Recovered Like a Champ," 29 Aug. 2019 For starters, consider Virginia’s coming Historic Garden Week (April 27 to May 4), when the state unlatches the gate to several notable private houses and gardens. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "Historic and Art-filled Gardens to Visit This Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 And the top is mechanically simple—just unlatch and fold down. Popular Mechanics, "My Ride: 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible," 22 June 2017 Rikki eyed the bear at the other corner of the room as her dad unlatched the cage door. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018

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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 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unlatch

: to open or loosen (something, such as a door) by lifting a latch


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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