unlock

verb
un·​lock | \ ˌən-ˈläk How to pronounce unlock (audio) \
unlocked; unlocking; unlocks

Definition of unlock

transitive verb

1 : to unfasten the lock of
2 : open, undo
3 : to free from restraints or restrictions the shock unlocked a flood of tears
4 : to furnish a key to : disclose

intransitive verb

: to become unfastened or freed from restraints

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Examples of unlock in a Sentence

Could you unlock the door for me? geneticists unlocking the secrets of DNA The material's potential was unlocked only through extensive testing. How can I unlock my computer if I've forgotten the password? This class will unlock your creativity.
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The hack worked, unlocking a world free of the constant blood sugar monitoring and insulin adjusting that became routine for the 26-year-old with Type 1 diabetes. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to costly innovations," 5 June 2019 Apple executives also claimed that iOS 13 will open apps faster and features a new version of the Face ID system will unlock your phone 30 percent faster. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Say hello to ‘dark mode’ on iPhones and goodbye to iTunes," 4 June 2019 The handset industry is hopeful the forthcoming next-generation 5G networks, which could be 100 times faster in speed, will unlock new uses for the smartphone and entice people to upgrade en masse. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 Because the car unlocks when your phone get close enough, there’s no key fob to lose. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "My 72 Hours With the Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition," 13 Sep. 2018 So does the coach who has unlocked the star within Oladipo. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: If you’re a Pacers fan, you can believe," 28 Apr. 2018 The promise of money and power has inspired every gamer in Columbus to enter the hunt, searching for keys to unlock each level and lead them to the winning Easter egg. Katie Walsh, idahostatesman, "‘Ready Player One’ can’t be a winner without stakes | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 That makes Fortnite poised to attract whole new audiences, even before the full release of Fortnite Save The World — that’s the original zombie mode, unlocked and out of beta — arrives at some nebulous point later this year. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Fortnite leveled up, broke records, and changed gaming," 27 Mar. 2018 Each track is deliberate and, in some way, unlocks information about what's to come on Game of Thrones' final season. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Game of Thrones Ending Is Hidden in This Playlist," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of unlock

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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unlock

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unlock

: to open the lock on (something)
: to find out about (something that was secret or unknown)
: to make (something) available for use

unlock

verb
un·​lock | \ ˌən-ˈläk How to pronounce unlock (audio) \
unlocked; unlocking

Kids Definition of unlock

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

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