unlock

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verb un·lock \ˌən-ˈläk\

Definition of unlock

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to unfasten the lock of

  3. 2 :  open, undo

  4. 3 :  to free from restraints or restrictions the shock unlocked a flood of tears

  5. 4 :  to furnish a key to :  disclose

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become unfastened or freed from restraints

Examples of unlock in a Sentence

  1. Could you unlock the door for me?

  2. geneticists unlocking the secrets of DNA

  3. The material's potential was unlocked only through extensive testing.

  4. How can I unlock my computer if I've forgotten the password?

  5. This class will unlock your creativity.

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First Known Use of unlock

14th century


UNLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

unlock

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Definition of unlock for English Language Learners

  • : to open the lock on (something)

  • : to find out about (something that was secret or unknown)

  • : to make (something) available for use


UNLOCK Defined for Kids

unlock

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verb un·lock \ˌən-ˈläk\

Definition of unlock for Students

unlocked

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unlocking

  1. 1 :  to unfasten the lock of

  2. 2 :  to make known Scientists are unlocking the secrets of nature.



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