un·​opened | \ ˌən-ˈō-pənd How to pronounce unopened (audio) , -pᵊmd\

Definition of unopened

: not opened unopened mail an unopened window a letter that was returned unopened

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This New York Times editors’ choice book follows a boy who finds a key to a long-unopened door and begins a journey into an unexpected world. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Even unopened bottles can expire after three years. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Tell If Your Sunscreen Is Expired, According to Dermatologists," 15 Feb. 2019 In his house, police found dozens of unopened letters from Jenkins to Fiore, which showed jealousy and possessiveness. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "8 reality TV tragedies," 31 Aug. 2018 According to Taste of Country, the local shop will also set up a toy aisle during the holiday season and will accept donations for new, unopened toys year-round. Fox News, "Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams to open free grocery store in Nashville," 3 Oct. 2018 The company retained the unopened vials and then sold them to other customers, and to a subsidiary for resale, prosecutors said. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Former AmerisourceBergen Exec Blew Whistle That Led to Settlement," 2 Oct. 2018 The United States Postal Service received a tip about a Nissan Pathfinder with 20 bags of unopened mail, according to NBC. Lisa Marie Segarra, Time, "Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' Deliveries," 20 Apr. 2018 Police said several pairs of new shoes with security tags attached were found inside the car, as well as unopened boxes of over-the-counter medication. Pioneer Press,, "Thieves steal merchandise from retailer, cause 3-car collision during police pursuit: Niles police," 9 July 2018 The books were to be delivered today at 10 a.m. No media, just sealed, unopened boxes of books, like the detention center folks requested. Mike Newall,, "Philly kids collected new books for immigrant children at Berks detention center. No thanks, officials told them.," 3 July 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: not opened

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