un·​pack | \ ˌən-ˈpak How to pronounce unpack (audio) \
unpacked; unpacking; unpacks

Definition of unpack

transitive verb

1a : 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
4 : decompress sense 2 unpack a compressed file

intransitive verb

: to engage in unpacking a container

Other Words from unpack

unpacker noun

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Examples of unpack in a Sentence

It's been a year since I moved here and I still haven't unpacked all of my books. I unpacked my suitcase as soon as I arrived home. By the time we got to the hotel, I was too tired to unpack. She's good at unpacking complex concepts.
Recent Examples on the Web There's a lot to unpack for the upcoming 2022-23 season at ASU after the Coyotes released their full schedule Wednesday. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2022 There is so much to unpack from the intense season 4 finale. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 11 July 2022 Entering its final season, Better Call Saul had much to unpack about Jimmy's concerning devolution, Kim's alarming new scheme, and Lalo's frightening revenge mission. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2022 So, they’re designed to move seamlessly from your garage to your car to your backpack without having to unpack and repack anything. Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 12 July 2022 Therefore, a useful starting point is to unpack our conflict baggage. Anna Shields, Forbes, 30 June 2022 This stuff is so tricky to unpack without assigning identities that may or may not be accurate. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 These artists don’t use their skills to unpack the damages of the world. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 But there was plenty more to unpack from the team’s workouts. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpack

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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More Definitions for unpack


un·​pack | \ ˌən-ˈpak How to pronounce unpack (audio) \
unpacked; unpacking

Kids Definition of unpack

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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