unpack

verb un·pack \ ˌən-ˈpak \

Definition of unpack

transitive verb
1 a :to remove the contents of
  • unpack a suitcase
b :unburden, reveal
  • must … unpack my heart with words
  • —William Shakespeare
2 :to remove or undo from packing or a container
  • unpacked his gear
3 :to analyze the nature of by examining in detail :explicate
  • unpack a concept
intransitive verb
:to engage in unpacking a container

unpacker

noun

Examples of unpack in a Sentence

  1. It's been a year since I moved here and I still haven't unpacked all of my books.

  2. I unpacked my suitcase as soon as I arrived home.

  3. By the time we got to the hotel, I was too tired to unpack.

  4. She's good at unpacking complex concepts.

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First Known Use of unpack

15th century

unpack Synonyms


UNPACK Defined for English Language Learners

unpack

verb

Definition of unpack for English Language Learners

  • : to take something out of a suitcase, box, etc.

  • : to make (something) easier to understand by breaking it up into smaller parts that can be examined separately


UNPACK Defined for Kids

unpack

verb un·pack \ ˌən-ˈpak \

Definition of unpack for Students

unpacked; unpacking
1 :to separate and remove things that are packed
  • Will you unpack the groceries?
2 :to open and remove the contents of
  • I unpacked my suitcase.


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