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

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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 What appears to be a decorative little logo above the nosepiece is in fact a button that unlatches the frame for swapping tints. Outside Online, "The Best Sunglasses of 2018," 15 May 2018 Montoya noticed the trash bin was unusually heavy, unlatched the ratchet lock and found Fry’s naked body inside, covered in white paint. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He dumped bodies of a retired lawyer and his transgender tenant like they were trash, police say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 Mar. 2018 Mobbs' mother told police the 11-year-old kicked the screen off his bedroom window and unlatched the burglar bars. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Have you seen this missing 11-year-old Houston child?," 11 Dec. 2017 Instead the babies learned from different examples of effortful actions (opening a container or unlatching a carabineer) that the new toy probably also required persistence. Julia Leonard, Smithsonian, "How Your Frustration Helps Your Baby Learn," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unlatch

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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